2014 Spring Superlatives

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It’s time for us to give away our four awards for spring practice.  Some of our winners are the same as the real winners who were given plaques on the field on Saturday.  A few are different.

We’ll give out four different awards for both the offense and defense: Newcomer of the Spring, Most Improved Player of the Spring, Best Overall Player of the Spring and Coach of the Spring.  Keep in mind that the Newcomer Award doesn’t necessarily go to a freshman.  It goes to the player on each side of the ball who worked his way into a position to make an impact for the first time.

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Offensive Newcomer of the Spring – RB Marshawn Williams

Virginia Tech’s running game needs a shot in the arm, and Marshawn Williams (5-11, 224, Fr.) has the size, power and vision to provide help immediately.  He ran for 66 yards on 13 carries in Tech’s second scrimmage, and though his numbers were nowhere close to that in scrimmage #3 or the Spring Game, it’s clear that he’s on his way to being a part of the running back rotation this season.

Runner up: Bucky Hodges (6-6, 243, r-Fr.).  Hodges caught three passes in the spring game, and he narrowly missed two deep touchdown receptions in scrimmage #2 and the Spring Game (Brenden Motley overthrew him both times).

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