Virginia Tech Spring Game Review, Part 2

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Many Virginia Tech players competed for a spot on the depth chart, such as Jeremiah Coney. (Jon Fleming)

One of the most fun parts of the spring game is seeing new and unheralded players make big plays. Ja’Ricous Hairston (TE, #85) is a walk-on from Bassett who fits that bill:

The play is an RPO, and Hairston can tell from the defense’s reaction that the pass portion of the call is underway. When safety Tyler Childress (#27) comes down, Hairston becomes the “high” in a high/low stretch on Dante Lovett (CB, #1) at the bottom of the defense. Hairston slips into the voided corner and gets an easy touchdown. If you had Prioleau and Hairston getting the first touchdowns of the game, I hope you bought lottery tickets afterwards.

Jason Abbey (DE, #31) was a hyper-athletic ‘23 signee out of Richmond who’s put on some good weight and looks like he’s picking things up. Watch how well he hand-fights while rushing against Layth Ghannam (LT, #56) in this third-down play:

Flipping back to offense, Chance Fitzgerald (WR, #4) had the most impressive film of the ‘23 class. Classmate Ayden Greene has pulled ahead of him, but I’m not counting Fitzgerald out, yet:


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