Scrimmage Day for the Hokies

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We’re just 12 days away from Virginia Tech’s season opener, but fans in and around Blacksburg have the opportunity to catch the Hokies live this afternoon in an open scrimmage.

I’ve got a few thoughts heading into today’s scrimmage.  Apologies in advance if you don’t get a chance to read this until after the scrimmage is over.

Note: if you are attending today’s scrimmage, please park in Lot 4 or Lot 5 (Chicken Hill).  Do not attempt to park in Lot 1, as students are moving in and it is being used as an unloading lot.  My advice: avoid Washington Street completely.

Two-A-Days: Good or Bad?

Two things:

1: The Hokies haven’t had any bad practices.  Each day, the coaching staff talks about how well the team practices.  This group seems to have fresh legs, and they get things accomplished every day.

2: Georgia Tech has not had all good practices.

Georgia Tech does two-a-days and Virginia Tech does not.  Because of NCAA rules, teams can’t practice as much as they want, like they used to be allowed to do.  They are allotted a certain amount of time, and they have to decide how to use that time.  Virginia Tech chooses to practice once per day, with no two-a-days.

Frank Beamer

Frank Beamer’s philosophy is that he wants his team focused and ready for each practice.  He thinks that’s more likely to happen by having just one practice per day.  Having more than one practice per day can lead to your team being mentally fatigued, and if they aren’t there mentally, then perhaps that second practice of the day (or the next day’s practice) is ragged and the team doesn’t get much accomplished.

Paul Johnson believes that two-a-days build toughness.  He’s right.  But the downside is that every now and then, you might have tired legs and/or tired minds to work with.  That has happened to Georgia Tech a couple of times this preseason.

Following their August 13th practice, defensive coordinator Al Groh