A big weekend for the Hokies

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The practices are complete, and the only thing that remains for the spring is Saturday’s Spring Game.  This will be a game-like situation, and many players are battling for a spot on the depth chart.  If they perform well with people in the crowd on Saturday, they can send a message to their coaches.

Starters up front remain the same

Jeff Grimes has changed his offensive line around quite a bit this spring.  At the opening stages of practice, he was moving guys from one position to another each day.  However, when the latest depth chart was released yesterday, it featured the same starting lineup as last Wednesday’s update.  That means Grimes has stuck with the same starting lineup for an entire week.

LT: Jonathan McLaughlin (#71, 6-4, 306, Fr.)
LG: Brent Benedict (#55, 6-5, 301, r-Jr.)
C: Caleb Farris (#79, 6-3, 303, Jr.)
RG: Andrew Miller (#74, 6-4, 293, r-Sr.)
RT: Laurence Gibson (#63, 6-6, 303, r-Jr.)

Jonathan McLaughlin

There is only one senior in that starting lineup, and there are no seniors currently in the two-deep (remember, David Wang is out with an ankle injury).  The Virginia Tech offensive line will be much stronger a year from now that it is currently.  The starting lineup will have more experience, and the depth should be better developed.

It amazes me that Jonathan McLaughlin has been able to hold onto that left tackle position for a week.  I was hoping that his emergence would light a fire under Mark Shuman (#69, 6-7, 314, r-Jr.) and that we’d have a great competition for the remainder of the spring.  Instead,