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- Tyrod Taylor is a great player and a great person. He is now Tech’s all-time
quarterback wins leader.
- Every team in the ACC has some issues. Tech has to take it one game at a time
and keep playing better each week.
- The ACC meetings in Blacksburg last week went well. An 18 game men’s
basketball schedule was discussed. They also talked about nine football games.
They are studying other conferences who have already done so.
- In basketball, small conference teams want $70-80K for buy games. That’s a
high price, especially if you don’t have a big arena like UNC. In football, Tech
will pay around $750-800K. If the league added conference games for both sports,
schools could save money on those buy games.
- Tech continues to renovate their facilities each year, and sometimes people
don’t notice. This year they put in railings on the aisles in the East and West
stands. The restrooms on the West side have also been renovated.
- Weaver feels like Tech has an ideal capacity for Lane Stadium. You would
rather have a great demand for seats than a few thousand empty seats to pay debt
- The agent events at UNC can happen everywhere. You must do a great job of
educating your players about the laws and rules.
- The NCAA will never allow college football players to be paid if players from
all the other sports are not paid.
- Russell Wilson is still eligible for football despite making a lot of money
as a fourth round draft pick in baseball. That’s a difficult situation, but it’s
is the President/Managing Director of Kerzner International Bahamas. He is
putting on "The Battle at Atlantis" in December, which will feature
Virginia Tech vs. Mississippi State, as well as Georgia Tech vs. Richmond at
Paradise Island in the Bahamas.
- The favorite sport in the Bahamas is basketball. He thought it would be great
to stage basketball events. In 2011 there could be a major tournament. In 2010,
it will feature four teams, and the Hokies will be playing. It’s not a
tournament, but a two game event.
- They have a 60,000 square foot facility that they will convert into a 4,500
seat arena on December 18. Atlantis is the biggest resort is the Caribbean. They
have had shows such as Miley Cyrus and Carrie Underwood. Sports was the logical
next step after hosting the Miss Universe contest last year.
- They have spent over half-a-million dollars to get the right equipment. Over
a five day period, the facility will be transformed into the most beautiful
basketball facility in the world.
- Tech fans can check out the event at battleatatlantis.com. Fans can get a
special rate for as cheap as $149 per night, and that includes two tickets to
- Virginia Tech vs. Mississippi State could be a critical game for the season.
Both teams narrowly missed the NCAA Tournament last year.
- Flying to the Bahamas is like flying to Ft. Lauderdale. It’s an easy commute.
- Tech played pretty well at times, but they were inconsistent. They are making
some young mistakes. Every mistake made can be corrected. That’s encouraging.
- Central Michigan executed really well on their first drive. Tech played
really well over the next 2.5 quarters.
- Foster was upset about three plays: a stop and go that hit for a big gain,
the long run and the second touchdown where the receiver was wide open.
Exum struggled a little bit on Saturday. It’s all about maturity. Foster talked
to Exum in front of all the defensive backs about his focus. He played at a very
high level in the previous three games. There were a handful of players who
showed their lack of maturity against Central Michigan, and he was one of those
- Alonzo Tweedy has a lot of ability. He missed so much practice time in August
with that injury. He’s behind mentally right now. He just needs to perform more
- In the nickel package, Eddie Whitley slides down and plays the whip position.
The nickel is all about getting Tech’s best athletes on the field when the
opponent goes with a spread formation.
- J.R. Collins and James Gayle played very well. They each put pressure on the
quarterback. They have great motors. They played a lot of snaps on Saturday.
- Derrick Hopkins has a chance to be a dynamic defensive tackle, and Kyle
Fuller has played very well when he’s seen action. Foster really likes both
- It looks more and more like Chase Williams will redshirt. He practices with
the defense rather than the scout team, but there would have to be a major
injury for him to not redshirt.
- Tech has had the nickel package in the past, but they haven’t used it much.
They’ve also used the 30 package. The last time they used it was against Western
Michigan in 2002.
- Barquell Rivers is progressing, but not as quickly as he’d like to. He’s
working with the scout team, and he has scrimmaged a bit on Mondays. That was a
terrible injury. He tore the tendon from the bone. He really got sore after last
week’s scrimmage. He can run, but it’s tough to stop. Foster doesn’t think he’ll
play this year.
- Zach Luckett is a little bit all over the place on defense. He missed all of
spring ball and wasn’t full speed during August. Since he’s a senior, the Hokies
would rather look at younger guys right now in that role.
- Tech got called for hand placement on Exum’s pass interference calls against
NC State. Carmichael never even touched the guy on his pass interference call
against NC State. However, against CMU he needed to turn and look for the
football. Besides hitting in baseball, the hardest thing in sports is to play
cornerback at a high level of football.
- Tech dropped four interceptions against CMU. That would have helped the
defense get off the field and helped their stats tremendously.
- If Foster was a head coach, what kind of an offense would he like to run? He
likes the option game, he likes what Oregon is doing. They spread you out and
run the option. They do a lot of things that are a real pain to defend. To win
championships you have to run the football, and you can do that a number of
- Over the last two weeks, Tech has averaged over eight yards per carry. They’d
like to control the ball a little more, as many of their runs have been long
- Tech had a punt safe called on Jayron Hosley’s punt return. They were just
trying to make sure CMU didn’t fake a punt. The last time Tech returned a punt
for a touchdown on a punt safe call was when Andre Davis did it against East
- Bruce Taylor has played very well for Tech. He’s consistent, and he continues
to get better. He plays with a high motor.
- Telvion Clark has a tremendous upside. He needs to perform at a more
consistent basis. Linebacker is a tough position to play in the Tech defense.
- Zack McCray, Nick Acree and Duan Perez-Means are very good prospects. McCray
came to the coaches and said things were moving a little too fast for him and
that he should redshirt. He has to get more physical at the point of attack.
- There’s a chance Foster could lose Chris Drager to tight end next year. That
means Zack McCray and Duan Perez-Means have to be ready to go. They can really
- Foster was glad to see Jack Tyler and Tariq Edwards play well on Saturday.
Tyler reminds Foster of Brett Warren. Right now he’s a very good football player
against the run. He needs to get more consistent in pass coverage. He’s really
going to help the Hokies down the road.
- Foster said the Hokies really need more production from the backer position.
He was pleased that Tariq Edwards played very well on Saturday in his limited
- Wake Forest is a very well-coached football team. They will spread the
defense out. They have good players at the skill positions. They lost two
heartbreakers back to back.
got his bell rung on Saturday. It hasn’t been technically called a concussion,
but Drager is day to day right now.
- Drager was disappointed with the loss and his injury in the first game. He
hasn’t played his best football yet.
- Drager doesn’t feel like he has a true position. He’s really enjoying
defensive end right now. He picked the position up quickly.
- The biggest transition to defensive end was gaining a motor. You really have
to have a motor to play that position for Tech.
- Sacking a quarterbacks gives you a much bigger rush than catching a pass.
- Drager was never nervous in the NC State game. He always felt like Tech was
in the game. It’s 60 minutes.
- Drager hasn’t seen too much film on Wake, but they are a good offensive
football team. They throw the football a lot. Tech will be prepared for
everything. They are taking one game at a time right now.
- Rashad Carmichael was really the guy who took over the vocal leadership spot
after the loss to James Madison.
- Drager graduated from Tech in just three years. He took a lot of summer
classes and 12-15 credits every semester. He’s still not sure what he wants to
do when he graduates.
has a soft cast on his hand after losing the tip of his pinkie in the Central
Michigan game. He played through the injury and had it sewn back on after the
- It happened close to halftime. He got his pinkie caught in a guy’s facemask.
He played the rest of the series, and took off his glove when he got to the
sideline. He took off his glove, and noticed that the whole tip was missing and
the bone was sticking out.
- The training staff eventually found the tip of the pinkie in his glove.
- It was pretty shocking to see his bone sticking out of his finger. He called
the trainer, who ran him to the locker room. They gave him shots and bandaged it
- Despite missing part of his finger, he went back in the game in the second
half. The team was struggling a bit offensively, and he wanted to help them get
something going. Sitting out wasn’t an option.
- His finger is going to be fine. He has six or seven stitches. In a couple of
months it will look like a normal finger again.
- Nosal expects to be practicing full speed again on Tuesday or Wednesday.
- Nosal feels like the offensive line is starting to click. They took full
blame for the struggles early in the season, but they’ve started to step it up.
- Tech can definitely play better offensively. They have scored over 40 points
the last two games, but they can get a lot better.
- It’s a great feeling for Tyrod Taylor and David Wilson to score quickly. It
gets the offense off the field fast.
- The pain in his finger goes on and off. It throbs at times, but he’ll be
said he got way too much information on Nosal’s injury. It says a lot about
Nosal for him to come back into that football game.
- Beamer talked to the entire team on Monday. He didn’t think they played as
sharp as a football team as they needed to. Some assumed that Tech would win.
That’s a natural thing. But for the Hokies to get where they want to go, they
can’t do that.
- Tech was 0-of-8 on third downs. On one of those eight, CMU had a better
defensive play called than Tech’s offensive play. On the others, it was the
Hokies stopping themselves.
- Deferring to the second half gives Virginia Tech one more possession in the
second half. However, the last two weeks the Hokies haven’t been able to stop
the other team on their opening drive. That’s something they will discuss as a
- Beamer is happy for his son, Shane. He is a defensive coach and recruiting
coordinator for South Carolina, who knocked off #1 Alabama this past weekend.
- Tech wants to be more consistent offensively. They already have the homerun
threat. They’ll be very dangerous if they can start to get consistent.
- Steven Friday is playing great football. James Gayle is a great effort guy.
He’ll only get better as he gets more experience. Chris Drager is really giving
the Hokies something at defensive end.
- Tech lost some really good playmakers like Jason Worilds, Nekos Brown, Cody
Grimm and Kam Chancellor. Some young guys are coming around, but it takes time.
- Ryan Williams has to be 100% before he can come back. Running backs cut and
accelerate so much. They don’t want him to reinjure it.
- Tech is hoping to raise $10K for breast cancer awareness by selling pink
- Beamer thought the officials on Saturday did a very good job. They
communicated very well and were in control of the game. They were MAC officials.
- To letter at Virginia Tech in football, you have to play 115 plays during the
season, or start on one of the special teams throughout the entire season. They
also leave a spot for coaches’ discretion.
- Tech has some good looking young players on their scout team: Nick Dew,
Dominique Patterson, Duan Perez-Means, Zack McCray, Nick Acree … the young
talent looks good.
- Recruiting is going well right now. Tech just doesn’t have a lot of
scholarships to give. Beamer would really like to get some tight ends. They are
thin at that position right now. Tight ends also make good players at other
positions if you move them.
- Tech is also involved with some quarterbacks. That’s one position you better
make sure you are good at.
- Beamer wants to see some up tempo practices this week. He wants to see them
keep getting better all week.
Monday was Day 2,144 of Virginia Tech’s continuous possession of the Commonwealth Cup.