2006-07 Hokie Hotline Notes for 9/11/06

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The Hokie Hotline (football and basketball season)

When: Every Monday from 7:00-9:00 during football season, 7:00-8:00 during basketball season.

Where: Click here for a list of radio stations, and to find the link for listening to the show on the Internet (look to the right on the hokiesports.com page that loads when you click the link). You can also watch the archive on hokietv.com.

Bryan Stinespring

  • Saturday’s game was a very good experience for the young offense. They
    really had a valuable session in the film room on Monday morning.
  • The offensive line was much better against UNC. They played better as a
    team. Sergio Render had a very good game, for a player who was playing in
    just his second game.
  • The passing game still needs work. The receivers had opportunities to get
    open, but they didn’t. Glennon could have made a more accurate throw a
    couple of times. And a few penalties hurt.
  • Stinespring said the bubble screens (quick passes to the wide receivers
    behind the line) are actually the quarterback’s decision. A running play
    is called, but if the quarterback feels that the defense has overcompensated
    towards the run, he can check into the bubble screen.
  • There were a couple of plays where Glennon probably should have thrown the
    ball downfield, rather than going with the short pass.
  • The offensive line did a pretty good job against the blitz. Glennon got
    sacked once, but that was Marshman just getting beat one on one.
  • Kenny Lewis, Jr. has a chance to earn playing time at tailback. He is
    healthy right now, and he has been practicing very well.
  • Duane Brown has really been stepping up and being the offensive leader. He
    is a leader in practice and in games, just by the way he plays the game.
    Danny McGrath has also done a really good job.
  • UNC defensive linemen were yelling “hike” and “hut” at the line of
    scrimmage, trying to force the Hokies into a false start. It worked a couple
    of times. The officials eventually picked up on it and made them stop.

Jim Weaver

  • The Virginia Tech men’s basketball team will play Seton Hall in Madison
    Square Garden on December 21. It will be part of a double header, with the
    other game being Duke vs. Gonzaga.
  • They are still working on putting the “VTs” on the top of each tower
    on the West Side expansion.
  • Weaver said he is not particularly pleased with the new college football
    rules changes. He thinks there is no point in running the clock at the
    change of possessions. (Editor’s Note: we here at TSL agree wholeheartedly.)
  • The Georgia Tech game time will be announced next Monday, September 18,
    unless the networks exercise their six day rule. Weaver does not feel that
    the game will start at noon.
  • The Hokie Bird in the lobby of Cassell Coliseum will stay in Cassell,
    rather than moving to Lane Stadium. It would be very tough for them to move
    it inside the West Side expansion because no entrance is big enough.

Frank Beamer

  • Beamer said he was proud of the offense. They got better. There are a lot
    of young guys and there is a learning process, but they got better. The
    effort from everyone is great.
  • George Bell’s knee is bothering him. He doesn’t have the continuous
    burst that he needs. He is a very hard worker and a great guy, but he just
    doesn’t have it right now. They are going to give Elan Lewis more work in
  • Kenny Lewis, Jr. has looked very good recently. He has great speed and
    decent size. He has really made some plays in practice.
  • Branden Ore was great against UNC. He knew when to stop, when to go and
    when to put his shoulder down. Nobody ever really seems to get a clean hit
    on Ore.
  • The situation with William Wall has been resolved. He just needed to sit
    down for awhile. He understands that what he did was wrong, and he assured
    Beamer that it isn’t going to happen again.
  • Beamer said he has put his fastest guys back in the middle on the punt
    block team. It’s tough for an interior lineman to be quick enough to
    consistently block guys like Josh Morgan on twists.
  • Brandon Frye looks like he will be fine to play against Duke on Saturday.
    He could have gone against UNC, but the smart thing was to hold him out.
  • They weren’t trying to run up the score against UNC with the late
    touchdown pass to Greg Boone, but it is important to get Ike Whitaker some
  • Beamer said punt returns will start to get better. The more punts the
    Hokies block, the better chances they will get on punt returns.
  • Macho Harris and Brandon Flowers are doing very well at cornerback. Right
    now it isn’t clear when Roland Minor will be back. At one point the
    Georgia Tech game was the date, but they aren’t sure that will happen now.
  • Beamer said he thinks the instant replay system was good. He still thinks
    Kam Chancellor had the interception against Northeastern, but overall things
    are going well.
  • After punt blocks, the first guy to the ball is supposed to take his time
    picking the ball up. Everyone else is supposed to turn around and block. If
    Adjepong, Pickle, etc. had turned and blocked against UNC, Cody Grimm would
    have eventually picked up the ball and scored.
  • Chris Ellis really toughed it out on Saturday. He hurt his shoulder on the
    first play, but played the rest of the game. He will miss practice time this
    week, but he is expected to play against Duke.
  • Thaddeus Lewis has been playing well at quarterback for Duke, especially
    for a true freshman. He has not thrown an interception, and he threw for
    over 300 yards against Wake Forest.

Monday was Day 653 of Virginia Tech’s continuous possession of the Commonwealth Cup.

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