Scrimmage Report: Defensive Line Steps Up, Dillard Makes Plays

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Virginia Tech held a full scrimmage in Lane Stadium on Saturday, and as usual, there is good news and bad news coming out of the scrimmage. The offensive backfield suffered another injury, but on the bright side, the starting defensive line looks like they could be coming together.

The biggest news of the day is the injury suffered by tailback Jahre Cheeseman. Cheeseman broke his left fibula on a carry in the red zone. He was carted off the field, and will have to undergo surgery to fix the problem. However, he is projected to be back to full strength by the time practice begins in August.

Since Wednesday, the Hokies have lost their top two players on the depth chart at tailback. Kenny Lewis, Jr. will have shoulder surgery and will be out 4-6 months.

There is some good news to take out of the scrimmage, however. The starting defensive line is looking a lot better. They appear to have made a lot of progress in the last week. Minus 30 pounds, Cordarrow Thompson looks like a different player. He’s in much better shape and can play more snaps. He just needed some time to figure out how to play at a different weight.

The defense kept the offense out of the end zone in a goal line situation. Four straight running plays by the offense couldn’t produce a touchdown, and they were stopped on the one yard line on fourth down. The DL is starting to show some toughness.

That’s not just because of the defensive line, either. Tech’s linebackers, Brett Warren and Purnell Sturdivant, are doing a good job. Sturdivant in particular looked to be very active in Saturday’s scrimmage. Also of note is starting rover Dorian Porch, who had several nice defensive stops today, including one on the goal line. Jim Cavanaugh seems very exited about his performance.

Porch seems to have won the starting rover spot. Davon Morgan got an interception early in the scrimmage, but he was also completely abused on a reverse by r-freshman wide receiver Ervin Garner. Garner took the reverse in for a touchdown after totally schooling Morgan in the open field.

Tech does appear to have more speed at wide receiver this year. Besides Garner, Danny Coale, Patrick Terry and Brandon Dillard

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