Practice Notes: Tech Going for Faster Tempo

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Virginia Tech held a 47-play mini-scrimmage on Wednesday night, and Frank Beamer described it as “ragged”. That’s pretty typical for this time of year.

The Hokies are just installing their offense, and they’ve got a lot of new players getting playing time. I made a comment on the radio yesterday that I think the Tech offense will steadily get better throughout the spring as Logan Thomas and his new receivers get their timing down, and the new starting offensive linemen get used to playing next to each other. I stand by that statement. I think the offense will get better as the spring moves along.

With only 47 plays, there isn’t an opportunity for many individuals to get a lot of reps. Logan Thomas got limited work, as did backup quarterback Mark Leal . However, these mini-scrimmages do set the tone for the bigger scrimmages, such as the one that is coming up on Saturday morning in Lane Stadium.

First, courtesy of Andy Bitter, here are the stats from Wednesday’s mini-scrimmage.

Passing: Logan Thomas , 3-4 for 24 yards; Mark Leal , 2-5 for 23 yards; Brian Rody 32 yard TD to David Mellstrom

Rushing: Maurice Taylor, 2 carries for 34 yards; Martin Scales, 5 carries for 17 yards; J.C. Coleman , 4 carries for 6 yards; Michael Holmes , 4 carries for 4 yards

Receiving: Corey Fuller, 2 catches for 18 yards; David Mellstron, 2 catches for 43 yards and a TD; Demitri Knowles , 1 catch for 8 yards, Christian Reeves , 1 catch for 5 yards

Defense: Derek DiNardo, 5 tackles; Ronny Vandyke , 4 tackles and a sack; Brian Laiti , 3 tackles; Corey Marshall , 3 tackles and a sack; J.R. Collins , 3 tackles and a TFL; Matt Roth , 2 sacks