The Hokies held their second open scrimmage of preseason practice on Saturday in Lane Stadium, and a big crowd was on hand. They saw a scrimmage that was mostly controlled by the defense, thanks in part to a running back corps that is depleted with injuries at the moment. The Tech coaching staff also named Ju-Ju Clayton as the #2 quarterback, and announced plans to redshirt Logan Thomas.
Josh Oglesby and David Wilson did not practice in the scrimmage, though both are expected to be practicing on Monday. Wilson, as usual, was stuck on the hip of running backs coach Billy Hite for most of the scrimmage. The easiest way to endear yourself to a coach is to show a willingness to learn, and Wilson is certainly doing that.
Ryan Williams had a solid scrimmage, though he exited late with an ankle injury. He had his shoe off after the scrimmage and an ice bag on his foot. The good news is that it appeared to be a lower ankle or foot injury, not the dreaded high ankle sprain. Sources tell us that the injury is not serious.
True freshman Tony Gregory and walk-on Zac Evans got the majority of the work at tailback. With such a depleted backfield, Gregory even got a lot of reps with the #1 offense. He scored on a 15 yard touchdown run off the right side, beating Kam Chancellor to the corner.
Tech’s backs also appeared to block well. Ryan Williams blew up one blitzer, and I saw Tony Gregory effectively pick up a blitz as well. Hopefully Josh Oglesby and David Wilson can come back strong this week. They would make Tech’s offensive much more formidable.
Tech’s offensive line blocked extremely well on Gregory’s touchdown run. Beau Warren got to the second level and knocked Barquell Rivers off his feet, and Sergio Render pancaked John Graves. Jaymes Brooks and Blake DeChristopher also got good blocks on the play, and Gregory wasn’t touched until Chancellor dragged him down at the goal line.
At this point, Brooks appears to be an upgrade over Nick Marshman at guard. Brooks is much more athletic, and the Hokies can use a wider variety of running plays with him in the lineup. He is athletic enough to pull, and he has good body control when he has to make blocks on the perimeter.
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