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"I like Virginia Tech’s Rashad Carmichael. The CB has quick feet, was solid in his backpedal and...

"I like Virginia Tech’s Rashad Carmichael. The CB has quick feet, was solid in his backpedal and showed a good burst coming out of his breaks. The secondary only played Cover 1 and Cover 3 yesterday, but Carmichael did show that he could work from an off-man alignment and break on the ball. Caught my eye starting with individual drills and carrying over into 7-on-7 and team drills."

Matt Bowen from SBN partner site National Football Post discusses Rashad Carmichael at Day One of Senior Bowl practices.

"You couldn’t beat James Madison, and you think you’re going to beat Stanford? Sorry, Hokies, but...

"You couldn’t beat James Madison, and you think you’re going to beat Stanford? Sorry, Hokies, but that dream is even more hopeless than your fantasy that some day, many centuries from now, the world will forget that your team was once known as the Fighting Gobblers — named not for a pugnacious turkey, but for the table manners of your football players."

A major metro daily allowed one of its staff writers to put that in its paper. And people wonder why journalism is dying. HT: jmrgn. UPDATE: As ITB points out below, there was a companion article written by a VT grad that ran along with the one above. It's not AS stupid as the Stanford one and the VT guy appears to have actually done some research, but still -- sheesh.

#Hokies WR Jarrett Boykin tweaked a hamstring today. CB Jayron Hosley rolled an ankle. QB Tyrod...

#Hokies WR Jarrett Boykin tweaked a hamstring today. CB Jayron Hosley rolled an ankle. QB Tyrod Taylor has a stomach bug.

Twitter / kyletuckerVP Worst. Tweet. Ever.

"How confident am I?" (Ryan) Williams said. "See, I don’t know, man. I’m taking it day by day. It...

"How confident am I?" (Ryan) Williams said. "See, I don’t know, man. I’m taking it day by day. It feels a lot better every day. Hopefully I can be my regular self. But if not, I’m still effective when I’m not even 100 percent."

Darryl Slater of the Richmond Times-Dispatch updates us on Williams' condition and his thoughts on how tweaking his hamstring will effect his decision on whether or not to enter the NFL Draft.

#Hokies RB Ryan Williams is in a blue jersey and not participating fully in todays practice....

#Hokies RB Ryan Williams is in a blue jersey and not participating fully in todays practice. Tweaked his hamstring in Blacksburg.

Twitter / Hokies Journal

Bill Burton, a White House spokesman, said Obama "of course condemns the crimes that Michael Vick...

Bill Burton, a White House spokesman, said Obama "of course condemns the crimes that Michael Vick was convicted of, but, as he's said previously, he does think that individuals who have paid for their crimes should have an opportunity to contribute to society again."

The Washington Post has a story about President Obama's call to Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie in which he praised Lurie for giving Michael Vick a second chance.

"Internet rumors began to swirl late Wednesday night that senior guard Dorenzo Hudson might be lost...

"Internet rumors began to swirl late Wednesday night that senior guard Dorenzo Hudson might be lost for the season with a foot injury. This came a day after rumblings that backup center Cadarian Raines may sit out the rest of the season with a foot injury also. I have confirmed these rumors late Wednesday night/early Thursday morning with a source directly involved with the team."

Josh Parcell, formerly of this blog, writes over at ACC Mania that the Hokies will be down two players for the rest of the season. Nothing official has been announced, but I'm sure we'll hear something before Thursday's game in Rochester if this is true.

"But now, Foster has decided to move sophomore Bruce Taylor from mike to backer and play Taylor’s...

"But now, Foster has decided to move sophomore Bruce Taylor from mike to backer and play Taylor’s backup, redshirt freshman Jack Tyler, at mike. This doesn’t mean that Edwards definitely won’t play in the Orange Bowl. Foster could still play Taylor at his regular mike spot at points during the game, in which case Edwards would be the backer. As of this moment, though, Foster is practicing Taylor only at backer, and giving him all the first-team snaps."

An update to our earlier linebacker update. According to Darryl Slater of the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the plan is now for Jack Tyler to start in the Orange Bowl and for Bruce Taylor to start at backer. I think this is the first move toward having Taylor at backer and Barquell Rivers at mike next season.

"I’ve always admired the job Frank Beamer has done in Blacksburg, both on the field and away from...

"I’ve always admired the job Frank Beamer has done in Blacksburg, both on the field and away from it," said Penn State coach Joe Paterno, the award’s namesake. "I’ve been especially impressed by his work in the community. He stands for all that’s good in college sports, a great choice for this year’s winner."

Congratulations to Frank Beamer on winning the inaugural Joe Paterno Award, given to the college football coach that "best combines on-field success with academic achievement and community service." This is a huge honor for Beamer and says a lot about how Virginia Tech's program is viewed by those in college football.

"Foster's lunch-pail approach would play well in the Iron City. Ditto his record of building...

"Foster's lunch-pail approach would play well in the Iron City. Ditto his record of building ornery, lock-down defenses. [...] Foster is familiar with Pitt from Virginia Tech's time in the Big East -- the teams clashed annually from 1993-2003 and are scheduled for a home-and-home in 2012 and '13."

David Teel from the Newport News Daily Press says Bud Foster is a good fit for the Pittsburgh job. Whether or not we have to break out the alert system again remains to be seen.
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