Spring Football Update: Scrimmages Tell the Tale

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Another week is in the books, and things are starting to clear up at some
positions. Scrimmages separate the men from the boys during the spring, and the
Hokies have gotten in a mini-scrimmage and a full scrimmage since last
Wednesday. Here is your weekly practice report, and this week we’ve got solid
summaries on what’s happening on both sides of the ball.

Offense

Jahre
Cheeseman and Darren Evans are standing out at tailback. If the season started
right now, Cheeseman would probably be the primary ball-carrier. He has had 74
yards on 10 carries in the two scrimmages, while Evans has carried the ball 14
times for 84 yards. Those guys appear to be getting it done on the ground, and
they’ve both had some nice plays in the passing game as well.

Speaking of Evans, check out his quote from Kyle Tucker’s latest blog:

“It (the scrimmage) was a big confidence because I ran the ball well and
actually went up to the line knowing what I was supposed to do in pass
protection. That felt good.”

The pass protection part is key. If that’s the truth, and it’s not just
player speak, then Evans has a legit shot to earn playing time this year. Billy
Hite won’t play any more than three guys, and it’s likely to be Jahre Cheeseman,
Kenny Lewis, and whichever of Evans and Oglesby can pass block. Oglesby is
struggling with his pass blocking right now, which gives Evans the leg up.

Kenny Lewis has also run the ball well according to a source, and the staff
will have some options at running back. Josh Oglesby hasn’t been as productive
in the running game during the scrimmages, and pass protection is giving him a
lot of trouble. He has talent and he looks the part, but like I said, scrimmages
separate the men from the boys in the spring. He’ll have to step it up down the
stretch this spring.

Macho

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