Beiro, a redshirt sophomore, hasn’t played much this year, serving as a backup to Joey Phillips at fullback. His one moment in the spotlight this year was being called for a hold that negated a Martin Scales touchdown against Cincinnati, a call running backs coach Shane Beamer called “God awful.”
Scales, who played fullback his first few years at Tech, will work there in addition to tailback this week. Joey Phillips remains the starter.
The Hokies have several other injuries to watch this week. Left guard David Wang (knee/ankle), backup guard/center Caleb Farris (ankle) and starting wide receiver Dyrell Roberts (concussion) are all expected to miss practice today. Their status for Saturday is to be determined.
Matt Arkema is atop the depth chart at left guard in Wang’s place. Demitri Knowles and Kevin Asante are next at Roberts’ flanker position.
Here are a few more notes and quotes from Frank Beamer‘s Monday teleconference ….
** Beamer doesn’t think Duke’s 5-1 start is a mirage. “I think they’re a good football team, a solid football team, extremely well-coached football team,” he said. “And do things and play with great effort. So they’re good. Their records are good and they’re good.”
** The coach is trying to get the Hokies back on track after getting off to their worst start since 1992. He doesn’t think they’ll turn it around by dwelling on past performances. “If you live in the past, you’re not looking at what’s right in front of you,” he said. “And right now, Duke is right in front of us.”
** Beamer has said several times that he doesn’t think the Hokies are playing “Virginia Tech football.” He mentioned giving up a kick return for a touchdown, something that hadn’t happened in 237 games. He also brought up the ball running back Michael Holmes had stripped at midfield, a costly turnover in the third quarter. “Those things just usually don’t happen,” he said. Beamer doesn’t expect wholesale changes to the team’s approach, though. “We’ve had a lot of success for a lot of years,” he said. “And one of the things that is right about our program is there’s not much change. I think the kids know what to expect. We’re not an up-and-down coaching staff. So I think have a great week of practice and play consistent on Saturday. That’s our goal.”
** No surprise here that North Carolina running back Giovani Bernard earned ACC Player of the Week honors after running for 262 yards against the Hokies. It was the fifth-highest single-game rushing total for a player in Tar Heels history and was the most ever gained against Virginia Tech in a game.
** Virginia Tech’s game Oct. 20 at Clemson has been set for a noon start. It will be televised by ABC, ESPN or ESPN2. Here’s the full schedule that week:
- Virginia Tech at Clemson, ABC, ESPN or ESPN2*, Noon
- Wake Forest at Virginia, ACC Network, 12:30 p.m.
- Boston College at Georgia Tech, RSN, 3 p.m.
- NC State at Maryland, ESPNU, 3:30 p.m.
- North Carolina at Duke, ESPN2 or ESPNU*, 7 p.m.
- Florida State at Miami, ABC, 8 p.m. (split national)
- *Networks selected after the games of Oct. 13