Practice Report: Hokies Open Strong

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"This was about as good a first practice as you will ever see, spring or fall,"
one of our insiders, who has been observing practices for years, told us. "In fact it’s the best first practice
that I have seen. The effort was great, and the execution was very good for the most part."

Now for some specifics. First, the quarterbacks.

"I thought the quarterbacks played at a very high level," our insider said.
"Only maybe one or two dumb throws all day long. Vick was perhaps a little off, but his off days are still better
than at least 75% of quarterbacks across the country. He was almost picked off once, but it was more of a great break on
the ball by Justin Hamilton than it was a bad throw or poor decision by Vick. Hamilton showed great instincts and broke
quickly on the out route, nearly picking it off.

"The only interception of the day was thrown by Glennon. But judging from player
reactions, it was Jeremy Gilchrist’s fault. I don’t think he continued his route up field like he was supposed to.
Roland Minor made a very athletic interception on the ball."

The Hokies return one of the deepest receiving units in the country, with Eddie Royal,
Josh Hyman, Josh Morgan, David Clowney, Justin Harper, and Jeremy Gilchrist. There is not a senior in the group.

"The receivers looked very good," we were told. "I still believe David
Clowney has the most potential of them all. He beat [CB Roland] Minor deep at the beginning of drills, but the pass was
overthrown. Royal looked back up to speed, although he dropped a perfectly thrown deep ball 40 yards downfield that
would have gone for a touchdown. Harper had a great fingertip catch on a deep ball from I believe Holt."

The Hokies have an All-American corner in Jimmy Williams, and a solid corner opposite him
in Roland Minor, plus a good backup in Brandon Flowers. But they’re inexperienced at safety. And what about freshman DBs,
who are creating buzz? Will they play soon?

"[Victor] Macho [Harris] will play this year, no doubt. He appears to be a very