2009 Preseason Practice Report: Top Storylines

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After another week of practice, the Virginia Tech coaching staff has almost
set their playing rotation. The Hokies have decided that five true freshmen may
have a chance to travel with the team and play this year. All five will have one
final shot to impress the coaching staff during today’s scrimmage, which is in
Lane Stadium and closed to the public.

Five True Freshmen Could Travel

The five true freshmen who are being considered for the travel squad are
quarterback Logan Thomas, running back Tony Gregory, cornerback Jayron Hosley,
wide receiver D.J. Coles and running back David Wilson.

The Logan Thomas story is well-documented. He was locked in a battle with
Ju-Ju Clayton for the #2 quarterback spot for much of August. Clayton appears to
have won the battle, though Thomas is still getting reps. The current plan is to
redshirt Thomas, but that could change at some point.  Either way, he
should travel with the team and learn from the sideline.

Tailback David Wilson will definitely play this year. He is physically ready,
but he has missed a little over a week with a sprained shoulder. He returned to
practice on Tuesday, and he’ll get scrimmage work on Wednesday. Thanks to the
time he missed, Wilson’s playing time will probably be limited at the start of
the season, but it should increase as the season goes on.

Tony Gregory, another true freshman tailback, could also play this year if
needed. Gregory needs to add weight and strength, but he is very fast. He could
possibly be used as a kickoff returner.

Cornerback Jayron Hosley has been very impressive over the course of the last
week. He has good moves and speed in the open field, and he could factor in as a
punt returner this year. He could also play on other special teams, such as the
kickoff team and the punt block team.

Wide receiver D.J. Coles is still in a battle for the #6 wide receiver spot.
If he wins that spot, he will play this year. If he doesn’t win it, then he is a
candidate for a redshirt.