** The Hokies went in shells today (shoulder pads, helmets, shorts).
** As expected, linebacker Tariq Edwards (leg) and D.J. Coles (knee) were in blue, limited contact jerseys. Edwards sat out the drills that the media was allowed to see. Coles, after rubbing down his knee for a few minutes, jumped into the wide receiver line for some drills, although they were pretty low speed.
** Frank Beamer took a heavy interest in a punt block drill in the early portion of practice. He and Shane Beamer watched as each player did the drill one at a time. The most frequent phrase from Frank during the drill? “Boom!”
** Kevin Asante did the drill right, got up to the punter and extended his arm like he was supposed to, but somehow missed the ball. “Aww! How can you miss it!?” Frank said, more in disbelief than anger.
** The Hokies did five plays of 11-on-11 work in the early portion. Logan Thomas and Mark Leal both completed pretty simple wide receiver screens. Martin Scales got bunched up at the line on a run. Defensive end Tyrel Wilson had a “sack” when Leal was looking to dump the ball into the flat. And Marcus Davis had a well set-up end around that, if it were live, probably would have gone for a big gain.
** Sophomore walk-on Carl Jackson, as tweeted out by Beamer’s website earlier today, was working with the second-team cornerbacks. He and true freshman Donaldven Manning were with the group.
** Two numbers for injured freshmen that weren’t on the roster: Nigel Williams is No. 57 and Devin Vandyke No. 27. Both were watching from the sideline, as they will until school starts, since they’re not on the 105 practice squad.
We talk to offensive coaches and players after tonight’s practice, so I’ll have more up on the blog later.