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McKenzie, Williams top the Hokies' depth chart at running back

One productive game was all it took for Virginia Tech's two talented freshman running backs to move to the top of the depth chart.

Sunday 08/31/2014
Five thoughts after the Hokies' win against William & Mary
Updated: August 31, 2014 - 8:01 am

Football season is officially underway, with the Hokies' season opener in the books and No. 5 Ohio State up next on the schedule.

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Saturday 08/30/2014
Post-game wrap: Virginia Tech 34, William & Mary 9
Updated: August 30, 2014 - 10:45 pm

It was a decent season-opening win Saturday for the Hokies, who had plenty of offensive contributors in the 34-9 victory against William & Mary. That was the theme of my game story, which you can read here.

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Hokies' balanced attack overwhelms William & Mary in season-opening win
Updated: August 31, 2014 - 1:45 am

BLACKSBURG — Willie Byrn beamed as he rattled off the ways the Hokies’ offense has the potential to be better this year than last, the sheer number of young play-makers ready to contribute chief among them.

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Halftime: Virginia Tech 17, William & Mary 6
Updated: August 30, 2014 - 6:01 pm

BLACKSBURG — Virginia Tech’s new offensive options have accounted for all of its scoring against William & Mary so far Saturday, with the Hokies taking a 17-6 lead into halftime at Lane Stadium.

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Game day post: William & Mary at Virginia Tech
Updated: August 30, 2014 - 9:30 am

Finally, the offseason is over. Virginia Tech hosts William & Mary today at 4 p.m. The game is on ESPNews. I'll be there covering it.

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Friday 08/29/2014
William & Mary or Virginia Tech: Who has the edge?
Updated: August 29, 2014 - 11:45 am

It's back. The weekly matchups post is in its rightful place here on Friday morning. My prediction will be at the end.

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Thursday 08/28/2014
Hokies mostly healthy heading into opener against William & Mary
Updated: August 28, 2014 - 7:00 pm

Virginia Tech's long list of nicked up players in training camp was limited to just a few when the Hokies put out their official injury report Thursday night.

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Read a replay of today's often interrupted live Virginia Tech football chat
Updated: August 28, 2014 - 2:30 pm

We came, we chatted, we uttered dozens of profanities at our worthless office Internet connection and threatened multiple times to chuck our computer at the wall -- all in an hour and a half of fun/frustration.

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Wednesday 08/27/2014
Video: Foster and Loeffler talk after Wednesday's practice
Updated: August 27, 2014 - 11:15 pm

Virginia Tech dropped the Frank Beamer extension news at 4 p.m., which made for a busy night. We'll cap things off with some video from coordinator interviews.

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Take 5: Foster, Loeffler think Beamer extension will help recruiting
Updated: August 27, 2014 - 10:15 pm

The Wednesday coordinator takeaways returns as a regular feature on the blog. But I'm paring it down to five total takeaways from interviews with Bud Foster and Scot Loeffler each week, just to ease my burden and prevent things from getting watered down.

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Virginia Tech extends Beamer's contract by 2 years
Updated: August 28, 2014 - 11:01 am

Frank Beamer doesn’t appear to be going anywhere anytime soon.

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Healthy at last, David Wang eager for senior year at left guard
Updated: August 27, 2014 - 11:30 am

Give David Wang credit. For a guy with such an extensive injury history, he sure does have a good spirit about it.

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Tuesday 08/26/2014
Video: Shane, Marshawn and Wang talk after Tuesday's practice
Updated: August 26, 2014 - 11:15 pm

The first Tuesday of the regular season is in the books. Here are some earlier posts today in case you missed them:

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Practice report: Back after hernia surgery, RB Marshawn Williams ready to dish out some hits
Updated: August 26, 2014 - 9:00 pm

Marshawn Williams felt a little timid on his first two carries back in Virginia Tech’s scrimmage last Friday, somewhat to be expected after the freshman tailback was limited at practice for close to a month after hernia surgery.

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Sam Rogers locking down fullback spot, leadership rep
Updated: August 26, 2014 - 11:02 am

With all the preseason debate about the Hokies' quarterbacks, tailbacks, receivers and offensive linemen, a position overlooked is the fullback.

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Monday 08/25/2014
With Ohio State looming in two weeks, Hokies intent on not overlooking William & Mary
Updated: August 25, 2014 - 4:01 pm

Wide receiver Willie Byrn was redshirting back in 2010, so he, like many others in Blacksburg, assumed the Hokies' sluggishness against James Madison, a team from the Football Championship Subdivision, would fade over time.

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Sunday 08/24/2014
Depth chart update: Ford to start at WR; Coleman, Williams No. 1 at RB
Updated: August 24, 2014 - 8:00 pm

The Hokies updated their depth chart Sunday, likely finalizing what will be the lineup when they take on William & Mary in the season opener Saturday at Lane Stadium at 4 p.m.

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College Football Preview 2014: Hokies holding it down at 'DBU'
Updated: August 24, 2014 - 10:15 am

It's officially game week, at least in terms of how the Hokies do their preparation

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Saturday 08/23/2014
Virginia Tech names Michael Brewer its starting quarterback
Updated: August 23, 2014 - 1:45 pm

Virginia Tech’s offseason of uncertainty came to an end Saturday when the Hokies named Texas Tech transfer Michael Brewer as the starting quarterback for the William & Mary opener Aug. 30.

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Friday 08/22/2014
Video: Loeffler, Moorehead and Ford talk after Friday's scrimmage
Updated: August 23, 2014 - 12:02 am

The Hokies' last scrimmage of the preseason is in the books. We had plenty of coverage of it.

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An Isaiah Ford story, plus more scrimmage notes and quotes
Updated: August 22, 2014 - 10:02 pm

I wrote about freshman receiver Isaiah Ford's big night -- and big August, really -- for Saturday's paper. That story is up online right now.

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Quick hits from Friday's scrimmage: Still no QB announcement; WR Isaiah Ford shines
Updated: August 22, 2014 - 10:15 pm

We just finished speaking with coaches and players after Friday night's closed scrimmage, the Hokies' last of the preseason.

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Read a replay of today's live Virginia Tech chat
Updated: August 22, 2014 - 2:30 pm

We had another solid chat today that went for about an hour and a half. If you missed it, the replay is below. Just as a heads up, we'll move future chats back to 12:30 p.m. on Thursdays once the season gets underway next week.

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Thursday 08/21/2014
Can the Hokies really play six tailbacks this year? Yes, Shane Beamer says, but not equally
Updated: August 21, 2014 - 11:15 am

As the words left his mouth, Virginia Tech running backs coach Shane Beamer knew the message board response would be predictable.

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Wednesday 08/20/2014
Video: Loeffler, Shane, Searels, Edmunds and Durkin talk Wednesday
Updated: August 25, 2014 - 11:45 am

As usual, here is some video to cap off a day's worth of interviews. 

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Practice report: Quarterback, running back, offensive line starters still being finalized
Updated: August 20, 2014 - 4:30 pm

It was a full day of interviews with offensive coaches, with plenty of info at three big areas on that side of the ball.

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Quick hits from Wednesday: Today's scrimmage canceled; QB decision likely to be made Friday
Updated: August 20, 2014 - 12:15 pm

Offensive players and coaches spoke to the media Wednesday before what will be just a regular practice this afternoon.

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Tuesday 08/19/2014
2 weeks, 2 days in: Catching up with a few questions about Hokies camp
Updated: August 19, 2014 - 1:45 pm

After this afternoon's practice, Virginia Tech will have been at it for two weeks and two days in training camp.

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Monday 08/18/2014
Hokies have plenty of choices for new kicker
Posted: August 18, 2014

BLACKSBURG — In an empty Lane Stadium, under only the watchful eye of head coach Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech’s kicking competition gets no less scrutiny than it would in a game.

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Video: Torrian, Wiles, Keihn and Reavis talk on Monday
Updated: August 18, 2014 - 7:45 pm

It was a full day of interviews Monday, capped off by some indoor practice for the Hokies in the Rector Field House because of the rain.

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    • Halftime: Virginia Tech 17, William & Mary 6

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