It has been a minute since we’ve done an offseason Virginia Tech mailbag, so let’s do one before the Hokies report for practice next Monday. Here’s how it works: you send me questions in emails and I’ll answer them the best I can.
I’ll try to answer them on Friday.
There are a few more news and notes out there that I figure I’ll hit in one blog post. Let’s get to it:
I thought the watch lists were finished this summer, but defensive end James Gayle was named to the watch list for the Ted Hendricks Award, given annually to the nation’s top defensive end. There are 40 players on the list.
Gayle, a first-team preseason All-ACC pick, was previously named to the watch lists for the Bednarik (national defensive player of the year) and Lombardi (top lineman or linebacker) awards.
He was a second-team All-ACC pick in 2011, finishing with 38 tackles, 12.5 tackles for a loss and 7 sacks despite battling an ankle injury during the second half of the season.
Nicolas was arrested in late-June for his alleged involvement in a stolen bike on campus in May. He was arraigned earlier this month.
Turk said he hoped to have the case resolved and the hearing moved up if possible. Nicolas remains suspended indefinitely from the team, per university policy, until the felony charge is dismissed or otherwise resolved. If found guilty of a felony, he’d be dismissed from the team permanently.
The Hokies had a few representatives on CBS Sports’ preseason All-ACC team. Center Andrew Miller, Gayle and cornerback Kyle Fuller made the team.
Oddly, Fuller made the team as a safety, a position he’s never played and one he doesn’t figure to be at this year. The writer explained it as a way to get him on the team despite a crowded group at cornerback.
Logan Thomas finished in a group of quarterbacks behind Florida State’s EJ Manuel. Wide receiver Marcus Davis, linebacker Bruce Taylor and defensive end J.R. Collins were all mentioned as candidates who just missed the cut.
Columnist Aaron McFarling was at the Roanoke Valley Sports Club, where running backs coach Shane Beamer spoke last night. (UPDATE: Aaron has an entire post up on it now.)
A few nuggets that Aaron revealed on Twitter (and while you’re there, give him a follow):
* Shane said several current Penn State players have reached out to Virginia Tech, but he couldn’t say where that might lead. “I’ve never seen anything like it,” he said. “It’s a free-for-all at Penn State.” (On that subject, our recruiting guru Doug Doughty says he doesn’t expect any Penn State players to transfer to Virginia Tech or Virginia.)
* A 70-year-old woman from Clifton Forge apparently brought the heat. I’ll let Aaron and Shane’s tweets tell that tale:
Nice job by— Aaron McFarling (@aaronmcfarling) July 31, 2012
#Hokies assistant Shane Beamer speaking at Roanoke Valley Sports Club tonight. 70-year-old woman from Clifton Forge...
grilled him pretty good on O-line, special teams. "The only thing I want is the same thing your daddy wants," she said. Beamr:"What's that?"— Aaron McFarling (@aaronmcfarling) July 31, 2012
"A national championship," she said. Shane jokingly invited her to— Aaron McFarling (@aaronmcfarling) July 31, 2012
#Hokies 8 a.m. staff meeting tomorrow.
— Aaron McFarling (@aaronmcfarling) July 31, 2012
@coachsbeamer Haha. Woman: "Are you trying to find some good O-lineman?" Shane: "Well, we don't try to find BAD ones, I can say that."