Practice Report: Redshirt Decisions Getting Difficult

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We’re a little more than halfway through the month of August, and just under three weeks until the Boise State game. The coaches are beginning to pencil in their two-deep, and a number of talented true freshmen are competing for playing time.

Quarterbacks

Of course, the big news of the week was that r-freshman quarterback Logan Thomas was named #2 on the depth chart, with r-sophomore Ju-Ju Clayton serving as #3. Both quarterbacks have improved this August, but Thomas had a very good scrimmage on Saturday, and his long-term ceiling made this an easier decision for the Virginia Tech coaching staff.

As we get further into August, the coaching staff will set their two deep. By the time the season begins, the third string won’t be getting many reps. Thomas will be getting more work, and his progress should come at a faster rate. That’s part of the reason for naming him the #2 quarterback.

Running Backs

There is mostly good news at the running back position. Darren Evans appears to be 100% healthy, and he looks to have complete confidence in his surgically repaired knee. He had 12 carries for 60 yards in Saturday’s scrimmage, and his power and balance were both very impressive.

Assuming he keeps up that level of play, the Hokies will have two big-time running backs heading into the season opener against Boise State. David Wilson also ran well in Saturday’s scrimmage, and the coaching staff has still not made a decision on his redshirt status.

Tony Gregory, a r-freshman tailback, has missed some time with an injury. However, he is expected to participate in this Saturday’s scrimmage.

At fullback, Kenny Younger and Josh Oglesby both sit atop the depth chart. Oglesby’s blocking appeared to be improved in the first scrimmage. This should be an interesting competition throughout the rest of August.

Wide Receivers

This is perhaps Virginia Tech’s most physically impressive position, with six players who look the part. Jarrett Boykin, Danny Coale and Dyrell Roberts continue to hold the top three spots on the depth chart, but a trio of sophomores have improved and could push for more playing time this season.

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