Spring Football 2005: Observations From Day One of Practice

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The Hokies started spring football practice
yesterday, with the hoopla centered around Marcus Vick holding court with the
press on his return from the one-semester suspension that cost him his redshirt
sophomore season. But there was a lot else going on besides Vick, and here’s the
lowdown from insiders on Marcus and just about everything else.

Marcus Vick (shown here in
action in 2003) faced the press yesterday after day one of spring football
practice.

Marcus Repentant

In facing the press for ten minutes for his first
interviews in over three months, Marcus Vick said all the right things yesterday
… almost. He apologized again, as he did months ago, and spoke of wanting to
be a leader, of being more careful, and of thinking “about things first
before I do it. I think about the consequences and what people are going to
think if my actions aren’t good.” (The Roanoke Times)

According to published reports, during the fall
Vick spent time both at his mother’s house in Suffolk and at his brother
Michael’s house in Atlanta. He spoke of feeling welcomed back at Virginia Tech,
and of not experiencing any negative reaction. Most of the players at practice
supported Vick’s return, but defensive end Darryl Tapp, a rising senior who will
be one of the team’s leaders in 2005, noted, “… he’s going to have to
go out and prove himself, do the right things, for the guys to really want to
play for him.” (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)

In a twist that made many Tech fans
uncomfortable, Vick noted that he sought advice from oft-maligned

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