Spring Football Update: Hokies Ready for Spring Game

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Virginia Tech has completed another week of spring practice. There are just
two practices remaining, including Saturday’s spring game. A lot of things have
happened since our last update, so let’s get right to it.

Tech’s backfield is banged up. The top two running backs on the depth chart,
Kenny Lewis and Jahre Cheeseman, are out. Lewis will miss 4-6 months because of
shoulder surgery, which will certainly hurt his chances of being the Hokies’
starting tailback this year. In fact, he might not even be available for the
beginning of the season. In the best-case scenario, he’ll be back in August, but
he’ll miss all of summer weight lifting and conditioning.

Jahre
Cheeseman broke his fibula in Saturday’s scrimmage. He had successful surgery on
Saturday night, and he is expected to miss 6-8 weeks. It’s a shame, because
Cheeseman was looking more and more like Virginia Tech’s starting tailback this
year. The good news is that he’ll be back in plenty of time for August
practices.

Cheeseman’s biggest obstacle might be mental. How quickly will his trust his
leg again? Or, will it seem like he was never injured at all? Time will tell.

Either way, Tech has just three tailbacks available for the spring game. They
are r-freshmen Darren Evans and Josh Oglesby, as well as walk-on senior Dustin
Pickle. Evans has had a good spring and could very well find himself in the
2-deep when the season begins, or perhaps even starting. He has very good
vision, and he’s a patient runner who waits for the hole to open up.

Virginia Tech isn’t nearly as experienced at wide receiver as they were last
year. However, they are probably faster. Brandon Dillard separated himself from
the other receivers in Saturday’s scrimmage, pulling down three receptions. One
was a wide receiver screen that went for a touchdown, one was a big play down
the field, and the other was

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