2006-07 Hokie Hotline Notes for 9/18/06

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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.


Bud Foster

  • Foster said the plan for the Duke game was to get their quarterbacks
    looking at the rush rather than looking downfield. It worked perfectly.
  • William Wall was Co-ACC Rookie of the Week. He responded very well after
    sitting out the UNC game for disciplinary issues. He’s a very good
    prospect at defensive end.
  • Nekos Brown will be the fifth defensive end the rest of the year. Jason
    Adjepong will be out the rest of the season with shoulder injuries. Brown
    has experience at defense end, and he can be a good end or a good
    linebacker.
  • The first two roughing the passer calls were questionable. The last one,
    Rouse’s second foul, was not. If you have to take more than one step to
    the quarterback, you should pull off.
  • Carlton Powell is the bell cow of the defense. Barry Booker has been the
    most improved defensive tackle. Kory Robertson was much improved during the
    Duke game, and Cordarrow Thompson is capable of making plays.
  • The defense is playing great, but they can be more consistent. They are
    running to the ball and playing fast, but sometimes certain players miss
    assignments. They have some things to clean up, but they are playing well.
  • Cincinnati is very much like UNC from a talent standpoint. They have some
    good players on their team. They finally stuck with one quarterback for
    their recent game against Ohio State. He can get outside the pocket and make
    some plays.
  • The biggest concern on defense right now is depth at certain positions. It’s
    good that they’ve been able to get playing time for some backups during
    the first three games of the season.
  • Torrian Gray has always been a player that Foster wanted to add to the
    staff if they had the opportunity. He has a lot of experience as a player
    and as a coach.

Jim Weaver

  • The lines at the gate were much better at the Duke game. There are a few
    ushers who still don’t realize that anyone with a ticket can go in at any
    gate, but overall, things went much better than the Northeastern game.
  • The Hokies Respect campaign is in full force because there were “lots
    and lots of bad reports last year of disrespectful behavior in the stadium.”
  • There is a slight change in the 2007 football schedule. Tech and ECU were
    supposed to play in Charlotte next year and in Blacksburg in 2008. Those
    dates have been switched. ECU will come to Blacksburg in 2007, and the teams
    will meet in Charlotte in 2008. Weaver said they wanted to play a home game
    before they go to LSU. It gives the fans seven home games in 2007.
  • Lot 5 will not be paved because it could potentially be used for a parking
    garage or a new coliseum. That is the location on campus that has been
    assigned for a new convocation center at some point down the line.
  • Weaver said Tech nets $1.5 to $1.6 million for each home game. It’s
    financially better to schedule a lot of home games. Other teams do the same,
    and that’s why it’s hard to schedule a one and one with a big name
    opponent.

Frank Beamer

  • Beamer told the team Monday that the best thing he is seeing is that they
    are playing very, very hard. As long as that is the case, they will keep
    getting better.
  • Beamer spoke on Aaron Rouse’s hit, and basically echoed Foster’s
    thoughts. You can find helmet to helmet on basically every play, but you can’t
    hit the quarterback with your helmet.
  • They will try Ryan Shuman on field goal protections. He is very powerful
    and they expect him to do a good job in there.
  • The Hokies are getting great effort on special teams. Dustin Pickle, Cam
    Martin, Dorian Porch and Brandon Flowers are doing a really good job.
    Flowers sprung Eddie Royal on his punt return for a touchdown.
  • Whether the Hokies are a top 10 team will be decided in the coming weeks,
    starting with Cincinnati on Saturday. Virginia Tech is an improving team,
    that’s for sure.
  • Beamer wants to work Cory Holt in at wide receiver. He has potential
    there. He is a very big target and he can run. He can help the team, and
    himself, at wide receiver at some point. He’s a good kid who puts the team
    first.
  • Larry Coker is a good coach. They will probably get on a roll soon.
    Someone is going to have to beat them to play for the ACC Championship, and
    they are going to be very tough to beat.
  • The official said he warned Branden Ore about his chinstrap during the
    game. When Ore didn’t leave the game to get it fixed, they charged
    Virginia Tech with a timeout.
  • Beamer kept reiterating that the team, and the offensive line, is getting
    better. They improve in some facet every week. They just need to stay
    healthy and keep playing hard.
  • George Bell plans to rest his knees over the course of the next week.
    Right now he just doesn’t have the explosiveness and acceleration that he
    needs.
  • Elan Lewis keeps losing weight, but he still needs to lose more. He’s a
    good back when he’s in shape. Kenny Lewis has done well also. Playing
    Jahre Cheeseman at tailback is a possibility in the future. Dustin Pickle
    does a nice job as well.
  • They want to continue to get the ball outside to the receivers and backs
    when they face inside pressure. They will face a lot of inside pressure this
    year. Also, it helps the offense to get Brandon Frye and Duane Brown
    blocking in space. They are the most athletic tackles the Hokies have ever
    had.
  • Sometimes the Hokies go to the line of scrimmage without a play. After the
    defense shows their formation, and possibly what type of play they are
    running, the offensive play is called in from the sideline.
  • Cincinnati did a good job of bottling up Ted Ginn for most of the game.
    Ohio State has a lot of guys who can make big plays, but they didn’t make
    a lot of big plays against the Bearcat defense.
  • Jason Adjepong will have shoulder surgery. They will seek a medical
    redshirt for him, and they are confident that he will get it. He is going to
    be quite a player in the future.
  • Roland Minor did a little practice work on Monday. It will probably be a
    couple of weeks before he plays. Brett Warren could be out for two weeks or
    more as well. Andrew Bowman and Demetrius Taylor will get increased reps at
    mike linebacker.
  • Cincinnati isn’t that big defensively, but they know how to get to the
    football. It’s a game that you have to be mentally prepared for.

Monday was Day 660 of Virginia Tech’s continuous possession of the Commonwealth Cup.

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