Spring has Sprung

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Spring practice opens tonight for Virginia Tech, who is expected to be the Coastal Division favorite yet again in 2012.

The last time we saw the Hokies play football, the result left a bitter taste in our mouths. In fact, the last two games of the season were tough to swallow. However, there’s only one way to get over rough patches in football … play more football.

Virginia Tech opens spring football practice this evening at 6:45pm. The 15 practices of the spring will culminate in the annual Spring Game on April 21 at 4pm. There will also be a couple of open scrimmages on April 7 and April 14, at 10:45am. For me, watching those scrimmages will be what gets me through the pain of the end of the 2011 season. Once the pads start popping, the past is forgotten.

Injury Report

Antoine Hopkins

First, a refresher on who will not, or may not, be available for Tech this spring.

D.J. Coles : Coles had knee surgery after the Sugar Bowl and is out for the spring.
Tony Gregory : Knee surgery, out for the spring.
Michael Via : Knee surgery, out for the spring.
Antoine Hopkins: Knee surgery last October. Likely out for the spring.
Jeron Gouveia-Winslow : GW could be back to full playing status at some point this spring.
Bruce Taylor : Taylor’s Lisfrac injury appears to be worse than GW’s. Out for the spring.
Tariq Edwards : Leg surgery, out for the spring.
Joe St. Germain: Tech’s longsnapper will miss the spring.
Fuller Hoepner: A tight end who had a hernia repaired. He may be available later in the spring.

Of those injuries, the one I’m most concerned about is Bruce Taylor ‘s Lisfranc injury. Some Lisfranc injuries are worse than others. It appears that Taylor’s is more serious than that of