Virginia Tech’s players still had meetings but didn’t head out to the practice field after seven straight days of doing so to start August.
“This is the earliest we’ve ever given them a day off,” Beamer said. “I can tell you, we’ve probably gone more good on good offense-defense than we ever have. We still haven’t gotten to scout team yet. But I think in the big picture, working against good people helps you.”
Beamer thinks it’s been an aggressive start to camp, one that’s helped both sides of the ball gradually get better.
“You don’t do that unless you’re full tilt,” he said. “So I’ve really been pleased with the way we’re working. Practices have been exceptionally good. So for the legs and the mind here, we’re kind of giving them the day off and we’ll pick it back up tomorrow.”
It wasn’t a complete day off, however. The Hokies took the day to begin installing their two-minute offense during meetings.
“Those games come down to four-minute, two-minute so many times that spending a whole day on two-minute offense was good,” said offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler, adding that next Sunday will be another big situational day. “You just try like heck not to screw those up. Those are the ones that we all remember.”
The day off gave a couple Hokies time to heal. Trainer Mike Goforth gave a rundown of a few injuries in an interview with Virginia Tech’s athletics website. They include:
– Whip linebacker Ronny Vandyke got the full range of motion back in his right shoulder today after injuring himself during Saturday’s practice. “Don’t think it’s too serious,” said Goforth, who added that Tech will follow up with an MRI this week anyway. “We expect him to be back fairly soon.”
– Defensive end Tyrel Wilson continues to be bothered by foot problems. It’s a sprain. The X-rays are clean, but Goforth said Tech did a procedure with him called a PRP (platelet-rich plasma) and Wilson will get a couple days off.
– Freshman cornerback Brandon Facyson suffered “mallet finger,” which is tearing a small tendon at the top of his finger (it sounds like it’s basically a serious jammed finger). He’ll need to wear a splint for 6-8 weeks that fits under his glove. He won’t miss any time, though.
– Backup linebacker Deon Clarke broke his hand in Sunday’s practice. He’ll be fitted with a playing cast and a glove to go on top of it. He won’t miss any time.
– Receiver Charley Meyer has had a few days off with a hamstring injury. He got treatment all day yesterday and today.
– The training staff sat down with cornerback Antone Exum to map out his next few weeks. Goforth said he’ll try to “ramp it up” during that time, calling it an attempt to simulate two-a-days with him through rehab, practice and extra conditioning. The goal for Exum remains the start of ACC play. Virginia Tech opens conference play Sept. 26 at Georgia Tech.