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A View from the Sideline: Virginia Tech Hokie 2018 Spring Game

So, what was the scene for the 2018 Spring Game. The weather was near perfect at 75 degrees and only sparsely cloudy. There was a good breeze blowing that cooled things off a bit, and that got lots of Hokies visiting for Family Weekend interested in capping Saturday Afternoon with something fun.

The Jumbotron was on and Lane was quiet at 1:30.
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Blacksburg was really busy on Saturday morning (April 14th). There was the morning 3.2 mile Run for Remembrance, and official tailgate tents were scattered over Washington Street and the old Pritchard Prairie. Joshua and I had to walk in from Kent Street and Washington because Beamer was closed. Everything else on campus was a mess, too, so the familial transportation dropped us there.

The scene along Washington Street before the game
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The Hokie Bird showed up to visit the tents of the various official family weekend tailgate picnics.

Hokie Bird and escorts make the rounds
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The University Bookstore folks were setting up the vending spots for the 2018 Effect T-Shirts that just went on sale this weekend.

The Orange and Maroon Effect shirts for 2018 go on sale
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Hokie Village was in full swing, and the tree blossoms were an unusual setting for football.

Hokie Village was busy.
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Lane looked pretty empty from the Press Box, but people were filtering in. No one was really out practicing other than the kickers.

North End Zone won’t be this quiet this Fall.
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The kickers were out early getting some practice in the swirling wind.

Jordan Stout tries normal range kicks
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Oscar Bradburn came out wearing a helmet. Not a bad idea, the sound and field of view is different when you’re wearing one.

Oscar Bradburn practices his punts with his helmet on
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The Regimental Band showed up at about 1430 hrs (2:30 PM for you civilians).

The Band Came dressed for the field
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The players showed for warmups soon thereafter.

Trotting on
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Some new faces were in the mix.

Freshman Joe Kane
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Patrick Kearns figures to get some time on the field
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The offense wore white jerseys and the defense maroon.

Christian Darrisaw is huge and not very Freshmanlike
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TJ Jackson is also huge
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Plantin is expected to play
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Emmanuel Belmar made a big impression
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Houshun Gaines checks in with a smile
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Bud Foster thinking of things
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Ricky Walker is thinking of things, too.
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Dalton Keene doing drills
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Big Beef
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Coach Fu gives us a smile
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Josh Jackson’s first play from scrimmage - a Cheeto
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Hezekiah Grimsley gets an outlet pass
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Caught without too much yardage gained by Kahlil Ladler
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Bounced out and picked off - unfortunate
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Ladler picks up a blocker and runs back the int.
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Ryan Willis reads keys at the merge
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Getting a Safety’s eye view of the field
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Getting the ball to Sean Daniel on a crossing route
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Looking into the line of scrimmage at the snap
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Looking at the offense starting on the 7
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Wouldn’t be a jet sweep, would it?
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Willis with an outside hand off to Coleman Fox
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Safety Sack for the Defensive Line
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Nice shot of a Patterson comeback catch
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Quarterback glamor shot
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Mixing it up
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Looking into the pit
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Ladler gets a knock down
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Jalen Holston sets up to grab his TD Pass
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Phil Patterson’s one handed grab was special
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He did complete the catch, one handed.
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Coleman Fox finished off the last full drive on the ground
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Lots of new guys in this one. It’s near the end.
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Coach Fuente considers a question
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The coach is talking about you.
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Bud Foster with his fierce look
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Ricky Walker checks the quality of his shave.
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Ryan Willis looks peeved that he doesn’t need to shave yet.

And that’s a wrap for this one. There’ll be more pictures as we get more sorted. All of this set will be up on the Facebook page.

It was a really great time and it’s going to be a long football withdrawal period until August.

Recruiting News, Draft coverage, and other tidbits of interest will be coming. There were lots of recruits at the game, and lots of smiles on the sideline.

GO HOKIES!!!!