Beamer calls Cincinnati ‘most athletic team’ Hokies have played; kickoff announced for UNC game Oct. 6
** He called Cincinnati “by far the most athletic team” Virginia Tech has played this year.
That compliment extends to both sides of the ball. Offensively, quarterback Munchie Legaux is a handful to contain in the ground game, with 142 rushing yards in two games. But the entire offense has athletes, particularly running back Ralph David Abernathy IV.
“I’ll tell you, the people around him, they really make it tough, because they can go get it,” Beamer said. “Like I said, No. 1, Abernathy, he can scoot. I mean, they’ve got skill people around them, so trying to cover everything in this offense makes it tough.”
Defensively, Cincinnati has nine seniors and a junior who are back from a group that led the country in tackles for a loss last year and was second in sacks.
“They can really run,” Beamer said.
** Beamer thought all four of the Hokies’ running backs gave the team something on Saturday and didn’t make it sound like Tech would pare down the rotation at all.
“It’s hard to get all of them a lot of work, so that’s what we’re trying to figure out right now,” he said. “I think they all did well in the last ballgame, so I think there was improvement there. I’d rather see them all come along and make it hard to decide who should be in there.”
** Beamer said center Andrew Miller is healthy, and that there was a rotation with Caleb Farris last week to get Miller some rest and Farris some work.
“I think keeping our guys rested is an important part of being consistently good on the offensive line,” Beamer said.
As for the line as a whole, he saw improvement last week.
“I think they played with a little more toughness and that’s exactly the way we need to go,” he said.
** Beamer did not think Logan Thomas‘ torn fingernail on the thumb of his throwing hand would be an issue this week.
“He’s a tough guy. I think that’ll be just fine,” Beamer said.
He said linebacker Tariq Edwards did “OK” in his return from offseason leg/knee procedures. The Hokies will see where Edwards is in his recovery before making any decisions about the inside linebacker rotation among him, Jack Tyler and Bruce Taylor.
** The ACC announced its schedule for the week of Oct. 6. The Hokies’ game at North Carolina will be at 12:30 p.m. and be televised by the ACC Network:
Here’s the full slate of games for Oct. 6 (* — network selections to take place following the games of Sept. 29.):
- Boston College at Army, CBSCS, noon
- Virginia Tech at North Carolina, ACC Network, 12:30 p.m.
- Virginia at Duke, RSN, 3 p.m.
- Georgia Tech at Clemson, ABC, ESPN or ESPN2*, 3:30 p.m.
- Wake Forest at Maryland, ESPNU, 3:30 p.m.
- Miami vs. Notre Dame (Chicago, Ill.), NBC, 7:30 p.m.
- Florida State at NC State, ABC or ESPN2*, 8 p.m.