James Gayle Shines in Virginia Tech's First Full Spring Scrimmage

I wasn't in Blacksburg today, so we'll get to the people who were in just a second. All reports from the scrimmage indicate that freshman defensive end James Gayle dominated the Hokies' scrimmage Saturday, recording three sacks. Gayle, a sophomore from Hampton, is listed as one of the starting DE's on Tech's spring depth chart, along with J.R. Collins. 

Tech is replacing both starting defensive ends from last year's team, so Gayle's development was going to be an important for the defense, which needs QB pressure from the front four. Coming into the spring, the coaches said Gayle was "strong and explosive" and had "gained a better understanding of the position." It looks like he proved them right, at least in the first full scrimmage.

After the jump, we'll recap the scrimmage through the magic of Twitter.

Offense

Logan Thomas

Thomas has a Very crisp throwing motion, making some nice throws #Hokiesless than a minute ago via TweetDeck Favorite Retweet Reply

QB Logan Thomas went 2 of 4 on first series but had a nice 22 yd completion to Marcus Davis against 2nd team D.less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply

On 4th and 16 against 1st team O Thomas connects with Marcus Davis on a 16 yard completion. Logan's 2 best throws today were to Davisless than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply

Logan Thomas today: 8 of 14 for 75 yards. They aren't done here at Lane Stadium yet though. Getting near the end.less than a minute ago via txt Favorite Retweet Reply

 

Running Backs

Nick Becton working with No. 1 O-line at left tackle some on that opening series. RB Josh Oglesby alternating with David Wilson.less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply

 

Wow! David Wilson explodes through the line, breaks a tackle and goes 56 yards for a TD. Called back for holding.less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply

 

Oglesby rumbled 12 yards up the middle his first carry. Frosh CB Detrick Bonner with a nice hit, nice sideline break and pass breakup.less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply

 

Others

Nick Becton and David Wang making a strong case for starting spots. Future is bright on left side of the O Lineless than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply

 

Joey Phillips is showing off nice hands with two good receptions today. Blacksburg native in good position to become the starting fullbackless than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply

 

Walk-on RB Daniel Dyer rips off consecutive runs of 46 and 14 against No. 2 defense. Hmmmmless than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply

 

Defense

Defensive Line

The defensive line is manhandling the o-line right now. James Gayle is a superstar in waiting.less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply

 

That's James Gayle's 3rd sack by my count. Looks like Wiles wasn't messing around with the bell cow label.less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply

 

Gayle with 3 sacks today and just slung down a RB with one arm. Monster.less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply

 

James Gayle stood out today. He had a few sacks. The first team secondary also was solid, as expected.less than a minute ago via TweetDeck Favorite Retweet Reply

 

After a DT Nick Acree bulled into backfield and slung down a RB with one hand, grad assistant Orion Martin rushed in to hug him.less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply

 

Linebackers

Barquell Rivers had 7 tackles, 1 sack today. Very good sign for VT.less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply

 

I'm almost exclusively watching Gouveia on every play, and he looks much more confident now. He's moving to the ball quickly.less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply

 

Secondary

Backup corner Detrick Bonner with two nice plays today: a pass break-up and well-timed bang-bang hit to stop Coale short of first down.less than a minute ago via txt Favorite Retweet Reply

 

Detrick Bonner star of the day so far. Broke on a 3rd-down pass from Thomas to Coale, almost broke it up, but stopped play short of 1st.less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply

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