Spring Football 2005: Notes From Friday’s and Saturday’s Practices

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The Hokies held two more practices, a shorts-and-helmets practice on Friday and the first practice in pads Saturday.
Find out who got some attention Friday when he stopped by the practice, why the Jamerson Center windows are in danger,
who looks good … and who got juked out of his shoes.

Center of Attention

One of our insiders says that he realized how much leadership the Hokies may have lost with the departure of Bryan
Randall when BR showed up in the middle of Friday’s practice, and the VT players circled around him like moths to a

Randall arrived without fanfare and stood between the two practice fields, near the base of Frank Beamer’s tower.
Shortly afterwards, the air horn blew and the players halted pass skeleton drills and moved from one practice field to the other for
special teams punting work. This brought the team and coaches right by where Randall was standing, and he received a
hero’s welcome. In particular, the current QBs (Sean Glennon, Marcus Vick and Cory Holt) all gravitated to him, though
it certainly wasn’t a quarterbacks-only gathering.

Even when Randall wasn’t interacting with the other players, as when he was checking his cell phone for a text
message, he seemed to be the epicenter of activity.

Our insider noted. “I found myself thinking, you can replace the passing and the running, but can you replace that?
They flock to him. He’s the man.”

That’s reminiscent of the atmosphere around Corey Moore during his incredible senior season. Moore, always one to
play it cool, was nonetheless the center of a nucleus of players wherever he went. The other players were drawn to him.

Jamerson in Danger

Also from Friday’s practice, message board poster Bullseye Hokie described Nic Schmitt’s punting during the special
teams drills: