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Mailbag, Part II: Athletic department vibe, offensive identities and position battles to watch

Here's Part II of the mailbag. If you missed Part I, you can get to it here. I've not decided yet if there'll be a Part III. Stay tuned tomorrow.

Thursday 07/31/2014
Another Edmunds in the fold: Tremaine commits to Hokies for 2015
Updated: July 31, 2014 - 11:15 pm

Add another Edmunds to the list of eventual Virginia Tech football players.

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Hokies unranked in preseason coaches poll, but receive votes
Updated: July 31, 2014 - 6:30 pm

Virginia Tech will begin the 2014 season where it left off 2013: unranked.

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Mailbag, Part I: Playoff talk, o-line recruiting and Shane's duties
Updated: July 31, 2014 - 12:02 pm

It's a full mailbag, so full that I think I might break it up into three parts. Here's the first installment:

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Wednesday 07/30/2014
Bovada releases ACC odds; Hokies at 12-to-1 to win league
Updated: July 30, 2014 - 10:45 am

The gambling site Bovada.com knows when the doldrums of summer are at their worst, so yesterday it released updated odds for teams winning the ACC.

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Tuesday 07/29/2014
Latest addition to recruiting staff brings Hokies in line with rest of ACC
Updated: July 29, 2014 - 11:30 am

Virginia Tech added another recruiting position to the football staff Monday when it announced the hiring of Thomas Guerry as the Hokies' director of high school relations.

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Workin' at the car wash: Beamer hits ESPN today
Updated: July 29, 2014 - 9:00 am

It's Frank Beamer's turn to tour the ESPN studios today.

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Monday 07/28/2014
Ranking the ACC's non-conference schedules
Updated: July 28, 2014 - 12:45 pm

During the summer, I linked to several other people ranking the ACC's non-conference schedules. Well, now it's my turn at bat.

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A call for offseason mailbag questions
Updated: July 28, 2014 - 8:45 am

The summer is almost over, and now that real football is just a few days away, I'm sure you readers have plenty of questions about the upcoming season.

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Sunday 07/27/2014
Sunday links: David Wilson back in action, Josh Sweat in Blacksburg & more
Updated: July 27, 2014 - 5:01 pm

As my week at the beach nears an end, so too does the offseason.

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Saturday 07/26/2014
Hokies get first '16 commitment from Charlotte-area WR Conner O'Donnell
Updated: July 26, 2014 - 12:30 pm

Virginia Tech is on the board with its first 2016 commitment.

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With NFL camps in full swing, where are the former Hokies?
Updated: July 26, 2014 - 10:45 am

The last of NFL training camps opens today, with the Cardinals, Browns, Packers, Eagles, Steelers and Titans starting preseason practice.

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Friday 07/25/2014
No change to 'Stick It In' status and other takeaways from #AskWhit
Updated: July 25, 2014 - 9:45 am

Virginia Tech athletic director Whit Babcock is a social media savvy guy, generally responsive to inquiries on Twitter from time to time.

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Thursday 07/24/2014
'Hot garbage' comment fuels Hokies' receivers, then and now
Updated: July 24, 2014 - 11:45 am

The insult cut like a knife.

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Wednesday 07/23/2014
Maddy, Fuller, Hughes make preseason All-ACC team
Updated: July 23, 2014 - 5:30 pm

The media picked three Virginia Tech players for the preseason All-ACC team a few days ago in Greensboro at the league's media days.

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Tuesday 07/22/2014
Kevin Jones filling Jack-of-all-trades role as assistant to the AD
Updated: July 22, 2014 - 12:03 pm

In his first weeks on the job at Virginia Tech, Kevin Jones has dabbled in a bit of everything.

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Monday 07/21/2014
Beamer says QB decision will be made 'quickly' come August
Updated: July 25, 2014 - 9:01 pm

Lots of Frank Beamer quotes to get through eventually from today's nearly hour-long session at the ACC Kickoff at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro.

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Hokies picked to finish third in the ACC Coastal
Updated: July 21, 2014 - 1:45 pm

If the media is correct -- which isn't often at the ACC Kickoff -- Virginia Tech will finish third in the Coastal Division this season, behind Miami and Duke.

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Unheralded Hokies ready to shatter stereotypes
Posted: July 21, 2014

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Willie Byrn has heard the “Rudy” story all too often — against all odds, a scrappy underdog breaks through on the big stage due to grit, determination and stick-to-itiveness

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Sunday 07/20/2014
Byrn: Michael Brewer fitting in well with the Hokies
Updated: July 21, 2014 - 12:30 am

An avid outdoorsman, Michael Brewer has promised to take Willie Byrn hunting at some point, if the Hokies quarterback can slot a time in between various fishing outings during his down time this summer.

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The ACC Kickoff: Let's get together and talk about football
Updated: July 20, 2014 - 1:15 am

The SEC had its turn last week. Now the next two days belong the ACC.

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Saturday 07/19/2014
Countdown to the ACC Kickoff, No. 1: Michael Brewer
Updated: July 19, 2014 - 11:00 am

The ACC Kickoff in Greensboro, N.C., aka media days, is fast approaching. That's the unofficial start of the football season, but there's still time to fill. So we're counting down the 10 most important players (or groups of players) who will determine whether Virginia Tech's upcoming season is a success.

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Friday 07/18/2014
Virginia Tech sets preseason schedule, including Fan Appreciation Day Aug. 9
Updated: July 18, 2014 - 3:15 pm

Once Virginia Tech reconvenes as a team in August, it will have 20 preseason practices before going into game week prior to the season opener against William & Mary.

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Hokies' season opener vs. William & Mary moved back to 4 p.m.
Updated: July 18, 2014 - 11:45 am

Add an extra half hour to your tailgating time before Virginia Tech's season opener.

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Countdown to the ACC Kickoff, No. 2: The offensive line
Updated: July 18, 2014 - 10:45 am

The ACC Kickoff in Greensboro, N.C., aka media days, is fast approaching. That's the unofficial start of the football season, but there's still time to fill. So we're counting down the 10 most important players (or groups of players) who will determine whether Virginia Tech's upcoming season is a success.

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Thursday 07/17/2014
Countdown to the ACC Kickoff, No. 3: Special teams
Updated: July 18, 2014 - 9:45 am

The ACC Kickoff in Greensboro, N.C., aka media days, is fast approaching. That's the unofficial start of the football season, but there's still time to fill. So we're counting down the 10 most important players (or groups of players) who will determine whether Virginia Tech's upcoming season is a success.

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Wednesday 07/16/2014
Countdown to the ACC Kickoff, No. 4: Trey Edmunds or Marshawn Williams or ...
Posted: July 16, 2014

The ACC Kickoff in Greensboro, N.C., aka media days, is fast approaching. That's the unofficial start of the football season, but there's still time to fill. So we're counting down the 10 most important players (or groups of players) who will determine whether Virginia Tech's upcoming season is a success.

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Tuesday 07/15/2014
Oscar Smith RB Deshawn McClease picks Hokies
Updated: July 15, 2014 - 7:30 pm

Virginia Tech scored its first offensive commit for 2015 Tuesday when Oscar Smith running back Deshawn McClease said he'd sign with the Hokies, according to Larry Rubama of the Virginian-Pilot.

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Virginia Tech, West Virginia will open 2017 season at FedEx Field
Updated: July 19, 2014 - 12:30 am

Virginia Tech and West Virginia will be renewing their football rivalry earlier than expected.

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Countdown to the ACC Kickoff, No. 5: Defensive play-makers
Updated: July 15, 2014 - 11:15 am

The ACC Kickoff in Greensboro, N.C., aka media days, is fast approaching. That's the unofficial start of the football season, but there's still time to fill. So we're counting down the 10 most important players (or groups of players) who will determine whether Virginia Tech's upcoming season is a success.

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Monday 07/14/2014
Luther Maddy makes Lombardi Award watch list
Updated: July 14, 2014 - 10:45 am

At this point, the best question is if there is a watch list Luther Maddy isn't on?

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