Saturday’s scrimmage will feature youngsters; WR Parker moves up depth chart, Mangus switches from RB to WR
About that scrimmage, if you’re expecting to see any of the first-team offense, you’ll probably be disappointed. The Hokies will reserve the scrimmage portion of practice for young players, doing about 30 plays at the end of a regular practice that starts at 7 p.m.
The scrimmage could go a long way in deciding which freshmen can contribute this year.
6 true freshmen are making a push for playing time. Big day for many in tomorrows 36 play scrimmage which will begin appx. 8:30.— Beamer Ball (@Beamer_Ball) August 9, 2013
If I had to guess about the six, I’d say they’re CB Kendall Fuller, CB Brandon Facyson, LT Jonathan McLaughlin, WR Carlis Parker, WR Deon Newsome and DT Woody Baron. Fullback Jerome Wright is another possibility. We’ll see.
It’s the first of two open scrimmages. The second is Aug. 17 at 7 p.m., also at Lane Stadium. Fans can sit on the West stands only. No pass is needed for parking in the lots, but fans must park in legal spots.
As for the team, Frank Beamer‘s website tweeted this out this afternoon.
Movement at WR Parker to 2nd team. Mangus will begin work at receiver this evening.— Beamer Ball (@Beamer_Ball) August 9, 2013
As mentioned before, that’s Carlis Parker, who I think it’s safe to say has made the full-time transition to receiver. The 6-foot-3, 185-pound freshman from Statesville, N.C., enrolled in January at Tech with the promise of getting a shot at quarterback (he’s a lefty). Although he kept the yellow quarterback jersey, he did drills with the receivers for most of the spring.
“A work in progress,” receivers coach Aaron Moorehead called him in April. “A guy that has some potential. He’s a fast kid. He’s got some quick twitch to him. He just has to get more of a comprehension of the position.”
It’s unclear right now whose spot he’s taking in the two-deep. The top four receivers at the start of camp were D.J. Coles, Demitri Knowles, Josh Stanford and Charley Meyer. Meyer tweaked a hamstring near the end of Thursday’s practice, according to this practice report by the school, leading to Parker and Newsome getting more reps.
Chris Mangus, a 6-foot, 184-pound redshirt freshman from Raleigh, has been a tailback since arriving at Tech, although a shoulder injury contributed to him redshirting last year. He’s a scatback type, of which the Hokies have many (J.C. Coleman, Tony Gregory). That, combined with the fact that Joel Caleb looks like he’ll stay at tailback, likely led to the switch for Mangus.