THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT VIRGINIA TECH CENTER CALEB FARRIS IS HIS BEARD. We’ll get to more on that in a bit. But the second — and more important — thing you’ll notice about Farris is that he played 40 snaps against Austin Peay.
“That was 11 more snaps than I got all of last year,” the Rockbridge County High School alum says with a smile. “I think it got me broke in for the season.”
The 6-foot-3, 310-pound sophomore could find himself seeing even more time in the future if starter Andrew Miller has any injury problems. But as of now, he’s enjoying whatever time he sees.
“It’s surreal,” he said. “I’ve been wanting to play here since I was little, and I feel blessed to have the opportunity. I’m trying to make the most of it.”
A former guard, he also adds depth to those two positions.“I feel like I could function at the guard position,” Farris said. “If you play center, you should know the majority off the guard positions. All that comes with snaps in practice and working.”
Farris talks an awful lot about practice and working, and he means it. He’s got a tattoo on his right bicep that says “We Will Prevail.” On the back of his arm, the words “dedication” and “commitment” are inked in Arabic (Farris’ father, Victor, is Syrian.)
The curly and black beard has required some dedication and commitment, too. Farris hasn’t shaved in two years.
“I trim it up all the time when the girlfriend starts telling me it’s a little long,” he said. “But I probably won’t trim it again until after the bowl game. It’s kind of a superstitious thing. We’ll see how that goes, see how much longer I can hold off.”
Don’t expect his beard to start granting “interviews,” though, as ex-tackle Blake DeChristopher’s was known to do.
“I don’t think anybody can have a beard like DeChristopher,” Farris said. “His was one of a kind. But I’m going to strive for it.”
And he’ll strive to become a bigger part of this offense, week by week.
“If I get one snap a game, I’m happy as a little boy,” Farris said. “It’s surreal, man. It’s a dream.”
FRIDAY LOCAL HEADLINES
-Tyrod Taylor is serving as Michael Vick on the scout team as his Ravens prepare to face Vick’s Eagles.
-Randy has a feature on VMI’s Adam Morgan, who started his career as a quarterback but has found his niche at safety.
-Robert spotlights James River quarterback Kyle King.
-Robert calls out a dude who’s copying his picks in the varsity forecasters, then makes more picks for the dude to copy.
-The Yankees keep pace atop the AL East, beating Boston 2-0.
-The Phillies squander an early four-run lead and fall to Houston 6-4, snapping their seven-game winning streak.
-Tigers-White Sox was rained out.
-Angels beat Oakland behind Jered Weaver.
-Cardinals beat the Dodgers to maintain second NL wildcard spot.
NAME THAT TUNE
He plays guitar at a hotel bar
For out-of-towners and businessmen
He struts and sings to his drum machine
But he won’t make it big at the Holiday Inn
But she thinks that he looks like Elvis
When he runs his fingers through that jet black hair
And sometimes she forgets an order
Cause she’s so struck by him that she stops and stares