Spring Practice 2005: Wednesday Practice Notes

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One of our insiders was only able to take a brief look at
Wednesday’s practice, which took place in Lane Stadium, but that was enough time
for him to give us some impressions regarding a couple of players we were
interested in. Namely, how does Theo Miller, the #4 cornerback, look, and what
about Barry Booker? Is Booker ready to contribute on the two-deep at defensive

VT’s top three cornerbacks are starters Jimmy Williams and
Roland Minor, plus Minor’s backup, Brandon Flowers. Miller is listed as
Williams’ backup, making him the de facto #4 cornerback, and the general
perception is that there’s a dropoff after that when discussing the third-string
players and beyond: Brian McPherson, Chris Ceasar, and the walk-ons.

The question is: how close is Miller to the trio of
Williams/Minor/Flowers? Is Miller, a rising redshirt freshman from HD Woodson
High in Washington, DC, going to play a lot this year, or will the Hokies have
to go primarily with their top three? The coaches have barely mentioned Miller
on BeamerBall.com, with Lorenzo Ward mentioning him at the beginning of this
week as “having a ways to go.”

Miller, who is 6-2, 179, and wears #47 is still a year
away, according to our practice observer. “He’s not terrible or anything
like that,” was the verdict, “but he still needs to bulk up and learn
technique. He plays off the receiver too much. He isn’t getting
cooked deep or anything, but I believe a three-corner rotation of Williams,
Minor and Flowers is what we will see this year.”

Redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Barry Booker, who
wears #59 and has bulked up to 6-4, 294 since