The Hokies’ light scrimmage Sunday was closed to the media, so we won’t have a chance to ask Frank Beamer about what he thought of the 36-play workout for youngsters until after tonight’s practice.
Virginia Tech’s athletic site freshman walk-on receiver Charley Meyer, quarterback Mark Leal and running back J.C. Coleman all looked good. We’ll see what the coaches have to say later.
Until then, here are a few odds and ends …
** Backup tackle Nick Acree suffered a left knee injury that was serious enough to require an MRI. The redshirt sophomore hasn’t done a whole lot in his Hokies career other than in the weight room, but Beamer’s website made it sound like he had turned a corner in the first few practices. Virginia Tech will know more about the injury later today probably.
** Left guard David Wang was in a green, no-contact jersey for Sunday’s scrimmage after spraining his ankle Saturday. Odds are he probably would not have played much anyway (the scrimmage was for younger players to show their stuff), but Tech apparently did not want to take any chances.
There’s no word yet on the severity of the injury. Matt Arkema worked with the first team in his place. You wonder if it’s serious if Caleb Farris would work at the left guard spot too. He established himself as the top backup on the interior line last spring but has worked at center and right guard so far. Another thing we’ll try to get an update on later today.
** Receiver D.J. Coles and linebacker Tariq Edwards were in blue for the scrimmage again. We’ve covered Edwards’ situation quite a bit on the blog here. Coles’ injury is the same one he had a couple years ago. It wasn’t serious enough to get surgery then, but he re-tore his PCL in the ACC championship game last year. He thinks he’ll be ready for Georgia Tech, though. “If I’m still on the pace I’m at right now, I should be available,” he said to reporters Saturday. “When the time gets here, we’ll see what happens.”
** Other jerseys of note during the scrimmage: freshman kicker Brooks Abbott (hip), defensive end Justin Taylor (unknown), cornerback Donaldven Manning (unknown) and freshman tackle Adam Taraschke (hamstring) were in blue as well. VT said its daily injury report for Sunday listed 14 hamstring issues.
** Freshman Der’Woun Greene from Portsmouth has moved from wide receiver to cornerback. That probably is a good indication of how the coaches feel about their depth at both positions right now. A two-way player at Woodrow Wilson who dabbled in a bit of everything, Greene was a two-time All-Eastern District choice at defensive back, so he might be stronger on that side of the ball anyway.
** Not a fan of the whiteout helmets? You’re not alone. Quarterback Logan Thomas tweeted his thoughts on them today: “Our whiteout helmets are so ugly.”