2005 Football Notes: Practice Starts Friday

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Football Notes: Practice Starts Friday

Football practice for Virginia Tech will begin on
Friday, August 5 at 3:15. The Hokies will begin preparation for the 2005 season,
a season where many are predicting Tech to repeat as ACC Champions. The Hokies
will start practice in helmets and shorts, and will not practice in full pads
until Wednesday, August 10.

On Saturday, August 6, Virginia Tech will hold
its 2005 Media Day. Members of the media will be treated to breakfast, listen to
short speeches by Frank Beamer and each of his coaches, then sojourn over to
Lane Stadium to hold interviews with players. The Hokies will then hold their
second practice of the year at 3:15.

Virginia Tech will also hold two-a-days on
certain days in August. The Hokies will practice twice on Wednesday the 10th,
Friday the 12th, Monday the 15th, Wednesday the 17th and Monday the 22nd.

The Hokies will also hold three official
scrimmages in August. Tech will scrimmage on Saturday the 13th, Saturday the
20th, and Saturday the 27th. Each scrimmage will begin at 3:15. There will also
be a special scripted scrimmage on Sunday the 28th at 8pm.

The members of the football team will report to
Blacksburg on Thursday, August 4th. Freshmen and upperclassmen will all report
on the same day.


Charges Against Flowers and
Miller Dropped

Joining the Hokies on Friday will be a pair of
redshirt freshmen cornerbacks, Brandon Flowers and Theodore Miller. The status
of Flowers and Miller was previously unknown, with charges stemming from an
on-campus incident.

Miller,
a passenger in a vehicle that Flowers was driving, was charged with brandishing
a firearm
. Flowers was charged with carrying a concealed
weapon
. However, it was
recently reported by the Richmond Times-Dispatch that the charges, both
misdemeanors, were being dropped because the alleged victim did not want to take
the case any further.

Miller is not expected to play much this fall.
The 6-2, 179 pounder possesses good athletic ability and potential, but needs
more time in the weight room to develop strength, as well as more time on the
practice field to hone his skills.

Flowers, however, is expected to play a big role
in Virginia Tech�s secondary in 2005. Flowers played in one game as a true
freshman in 2004, returning an interception for a touchdown against Western
Michigan. He also broke up one other pass in that game, and showed excellent
ability to break on the ball. However, he injured his leg in that game, missed
the remainder of the season, and was granted a medical redshirt. He was one of
the top players on the defensive side of the ball in spring practice, and was
putting a good deal of pressure on starting field corner Roland Minor.


Standouts of Freshman Testing

Virginia Tech�s 2005 freshman class recently
completed their summer testing, and some of them put up some very impressive
numbers, as posted on BeamerBall.com.

Demetrius Taylor was the most impressive freshman
in the workouts. Taylor, a 6-0, 235-pound linebacker from Virginia Beach, posted
the best bench press at 385 lbs. Three freshmen, including defensive back Victor
Harris, ran a 4.5 forty, and fullback Kenny Jefferson reversed the trend of
freshman fullbacks showing up overweight by testing out at just 4% total
body fat.

BeamerBall.com contains additional testing numbers for the
freshman class.


Lane Stadium Expansion Project
Behind Schedule

Virginia Tech has
officially announced
that the expansion project on the West side of Lane
Stadium is behind schedule and will not be completed by the beginning of the
season. Construction will continue into the season, and it is unknown at this
point when the project will be totally completed.

The
expansion was originally scheduled to be completed on August 8. After initial
delays, the expected completion date was pushed back to September 9, still in
time for Tech�s home opener on Sept. 17 against Ohio.

Virginia Tech administrators officially learned
that the project would not be completed on time on Thursday, July 28 in a letter
from Turner Construction Sports of Arlington, the expansion project�s
contractors.

Virginia Tech is officially stating that fans
will not be displaced from their seats by the delay in completion. The West
stands, as well as newly built club and luxury suites, will be accessible.
However, many of these new amenities will lack the detailed finish that was
originally planned.

The 23 new luxury suites, with prices ranging
from $55,000 to $100,000 per year, will be able to be occupied by their buyers
on September 17, but they won�t be getting a finished product. The suites will
lack carpeting and cabinets. The walls are also likely to be unfinished.

Likewise, the 2,378 new club seats will be
accessible, and the four new stadium clubs will be open, but not totally
finished. Like the luxury suites, the stadium clubs will not have finished walls
or floors.

At this point, Virginia Tech has not decided
whether or not to grand partial refunds to purchasers of luxury boxes and club
seats.

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