The Hokies completed their first scrimmage of the preseason on Saturday afternoon in Lane Stadium. On the whole, things went very smoothly for a first scrimmage, and there were standouts on offense, defense and special teams.
The coaching staff has not installed the goalline offense as of yet, so there were no touchdowns scored. However, that gave the kicking game a lot of work, which was needed. Projected starter Chris Hazley kicked well, hitting all four of his field goal attempts, including one from approximately 48 yards. Hazley appears to have a strong leg, and he made his kicks with plenty of room to spare.
Punter Brian Saunders worked as the holder, and everything appeared to go smoothly. Saunders also had a good day punting the football. Overall, the kicking operation went smoothly amongst the starters, which is a major positive considering there were a lot of question marks over the summer.
Offensively, Tyrod Taylor got limited work, but played well. Logan Thomas had perhaps his best day passing the football. He went 9-of-17 for 82 yards, and he appears to have the edge on Ju-Ju Clayton for the backup quarterback position. Thomas never threw the ball into coverage, and looked much better in today’s full scrimmage than in Wednesday’s mini-scrimmage.
Thomas completed passes over the middle and to the sideline. He can throw the deep out with no problem, which is a good measuring stick for the potential of a quarterback. If he continues to progress mentally, he’ll be just fine.
Tony Gregory is out with an illness, so we saw a lot of Ryan Williams, Darren Evans and David Wilson. The coaching staff apparently wanted to get a good look at exactly how healthy Evans is, and he responded with 12 carries for 60 yards. He showed good power and vision, and was difficult to tackle in the open field. He looks healthy to me, and today’s performance had to give him confidence in his knee.
Ryan Williams and David Wilson also had solid scrimmages, with Williams breaking one big run up the middle and breaking tackles in the process. Wilson has a lot of ability in the open...
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