First, some injury notes…
On the defense, Dadi Nicolas and Corey Marshall did not participate in the scrimmage. Nothing serious at all as far as I know, but they were both held out for precautionary reasons. That’s typical of first scrimmages both in the spring and August.
Wade Hansen missed the scrimmage and I spotted him on the sideline in a walking boot. That’s unfortunate. Parker Osterloh took his spot at right tackle, but I couldn’t really tell how he fared because he mostly went up against true freshman Darius Fullwood. I hope Hansen isn’t out for too long, because the Hokies need to keep that first group together. If today had been a real game, I think they would have moved Augie Conte to right tackle and started Osterloh at right guard. I don’t think he moves well enough to block ends in space.
I will say that Osterloh looked better than he did in the spring though. He dropped about 20 pounds, and that has helped him.
Kyle Chung was also out, though I don’t know what his injury is. Tyrell Smith (Fr.) and Colt Pettit (r-Fr.) took all the backup snaps at center. Neither of those guys is ready, though with the amount of time Chung has missed in his career, I’m not sure he’s truly ready either.
It’s imperative that the starting offensive line stay healthy. The backups just aren’t there yet, and they probably won’t be before next year. Recruiting at this position was an issue for too many years, and though Stacy Searels has scrapped together a solid starting unit, there is no depth. He and Jeff Grimes have recruited the OL hard, but their players are only r-freshmen and true freshmen at this stage. It will take awhile.
The #1 offense faced the #1 defense for just one series. Brewer hit Isaiah Ford for a long catch and run, and then Trey Edmunds gained 14 yards on two straight plays right up the middle. However, the drive stalled after a sack by Deon Clarke and an end around to Travon McMillian was blown up.
Brewer looked sharp, though the offense lacked big plays. His one misfire was on a deep ball to Isaiah Ford. Ford had burned Donovan Riley and was open for what would have been about a 40 yard touchdown, but...
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