Leaner and Meaner: Hokies Ready for 2008

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Football practice began on Monday for Virginia Tech. Beginning this week, and
continuing throughout the preseason, we’ll read article after article that will
focus on Tech’s quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers, defensive tackles,
as well as the kicking game. While all of that is important, the truth is that
the Hokies may have taken the most important step towards another successful
season over the summer: by all accounts, they made major strides in their
offseason conditioning program.

Mike Gentry has always been one of the best strength and conditioning coaches
in the country. Guys cycle out of his program, come back as grad assistants, and
then go on to be strength and conditioning coaches in their own right. He’s top
notch. However, this year seems to be one of his best years ever.

Over the past few years, it’s not a secret that Virginia Tech has had some
players who did not have ideal weights. Take it back to 2004 and 2005 with
Reggie Butler, and then fast-forward to Brandon Gore and Nick Marshman. The
Hokies have had some guys up front who haven’t taken care of business like they
should.

The trouble wasn’t solely on the offensive line. Defensive tackle Cordarrow
Thompson had his share of problems as well.

Heading into 2008, it looks like everyone has gotten their problems taken
care of, on paper at least. Here is a list of guys who could have stood to lose
a few pounds last season. As you can see, they’ve all made a lot of progress
since 2007.

Significant Weight Losses

Player 2007
Weight
2008
Weight

Greg Boone
291
...