Scrimmage Observations: Whip

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TSL Subscriber GMSAHokie attended Saturday’s scrimmage in Lane Stadium, and
he was kind enough to watch all of the whip linebackers in action. This is his
report on the two players competing for the starting job, as well as their two
r-freshman backups.

Whip is one of the most important question marks on the team heading into the
season. Jeron Gouveia-Winslow struggled for most of last season, but played
better late in the year. Still, the Hokies need more production from the whip
position, and Alonzo Tweedy is trying to make a charge for the starting job this

It’s tough to catch every single thing at a scrimmage, especially when you
are trying to watch everybody, so we are very thankful for GMSAHokie’s help.
Remember that the statements in his report are his opinions only, and not
necessarily reflective of the opinions of the staff.

Jeron Gouveia-Winslow, r-Jr.

Jeron started the day running with the first team Defense and finished with
the 2nd team, as he and Tweedy seemed to evenly split the first and second team
reps, although Tweedy might have gotten a few more reps with the 1st team.
Gouveia-Winslow was pretty solid today, but not spectacular. In the first series
against the second offense he wasn’t much of a factor. But in the second series,
he made a couple of very good plays in the passing game. He closed quickly on DJ
Coles on a wide receiver screen and stopped him for no gain, and then made a
diving stop on a throw over the middle to the tight end on fourth down.

He took the rest of his snaps with the second team defense and was the
defender who gave up the final long pass play from Logan Thomas to Marcus Davis
towards the end of the scrimmage. Overall, my guess is that JGW will
continue to get a lot of work as the number one whip due to his size and sure

Alonzo Tweedy , r-Jr.

He started with the second team defense and looked lost for the first two
series against the number one offense, in my opinion. He really looked tentative
and wasn’t doing anything very fast for the first two possessions. He