A few weeks ago, I wrote about Hokies receiver Willie Byrn in a story with Kavlin Cline, when both were new on the scene. Well, Byrn, who had Tech’s first 100-yard receiving game this year against North Carolina, has played well enough to warrant a full story of his own. He’s a pretty good practical joker too.
Here’s how it starts:
BLACKSBURG — The day Willie Byrn had been waiting for finally came this summer, when he was put on scholarship at Virginia Tech. The receiver from Virginia Beach knew the news would go over well with his family, so he had some fun with it.
A golfer who frequently hits the links with long snapper Joe St. Germain and linebacker Derek DiNardo, Byrn decided to tell his dad he needed money to pay off some escalating bets on the final few holes of a round.
“I was like, ‘Dad relax it’s only like 500 dollars. It’s not that big of a deal,’” Byrn said, remembering the ire rising in his dad’s voice. “And then I was like, ‘You don’t have to pay my tuition anymore, so it’s not that big a deal.’
“And he was like, ‘I’m so … wait, what? What did you just say?’”
Betting against Byrn, who has surprisingly turned himself into one of the Hokies’ most reliable receiving targets, would be a bad choice right now.