Practice Update: Hokies Put On the Pads

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Three practices are in the books this spring, and information is slim right now. However, the team put the pads on for the first time on Saturday, and you can expect some depth chart movement over the next week.

Hodges, Fuller Visit Blacksburg

As you know by now, two of Virginia Tech’s top 2013 prospects are quarterback Bucky Hodges and cornerback Kendall Fuller . Both players were in Blacksburg to take in Tech’s practice on Friday. Both have had a lot of exposure to Tech over the years, and both are considered Virginia Tech leans at this point.

Hodges is basically a Logan Thomas clone at the same stage. He’s 6-6, the football looks very small in his hands, and he’s got the arm to throw the deep ball. He’s still pretty raw as a passer, but he made a huge jump from his sophomore year to his junior season. If he takes another step up his senior season, he’ll end up as one of the elite quarterback prospects in the nation.

The offense Hodges runs at Salem High School (VA Beach) is similar to Virginia Tech’s. They have a focus on the deep ball and the read option. Here’s hoping that Mike O’Cain gets yet another talented quarterback to develop.

Kendall Fuller is the brother of Vincent, Corey and Kyle. He visited Tech’s practice on Friday, and then took a trip to Tennessee. Fuller isn’t revealing his hand right now, though I think several factors put the odds very much in Tech’s favor:

1: His familiarity with Virginia Tech.
2: All of his brothers have been treated very well by the coaching staff.
3: His parents like Tech a lot.
4: Tech has a great history of putting DB’s in the NFL.

Tech’s competition for Fuller will be the best of the best. Alabama will be in there until the very end, as well as a few other major programs from around the country. In the end, I feel good about him.

Running Game Notes

The Hokies have had just one practice in full pads, but they did run the middle drill. After watching the highlights on, I had a few thoughts.

1: Martin Scales is the biggest and most physical of Tech’s backs. He’s certainly not a household name, but he’s a good player. He should