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Beamer: ‘08 Hokies not a good team — yet

BLACKSBURG — Frank Beamer’s 2008 Virginia Tech Hokies aren’t a good team yet, but they’re working hard to become good.
That was the message Saturday to the press assembled in Lane Stadium for the annual Media Day activities.
Beamer and the Hokies are coming off an 11-3 season in 2007 that featured an Atlantic Coast Conference title, a berth in the FedEx Orange Bowl and a ninth-place finish in the final national polls.
The Hokies return only 10 starters off that team, however, and Beamer knows hard work will be needed to counter the inexperience on his team.
“I like this team,” he said. However, “we’re not good yet. We’re inexperienced in some positions, but we’re working hard. We’re working smart, and we’re working together. I’m eager to see where this team goes,” Beamer told members of the media, noting the team has only practiced five times so far.
One area where inexperience shows up the most right now for the Hokies is on defense. Defensive coordinator Bud Foster’s “D” is coming off a stellar 2007 season, finishing in the top five nationally in five major categories.
“We’ve got a lot of holes to fill on defense,” Foster said. “We’ve got a lot of work to do.”
Not to worry, however, for as Foster put it, “the cupboard isn’t bare.”
Foster has a strong nucleus around which to build, including defensive end Orion Martin, outside linebacker Cam Martin, free safety Kam Chancellor and boundary corner Victor “Macho” Harris.
Depth is Foster’s biggest concern, however. “We’ll have to work hard to build depth so we can see who can step up when they’re needed,” he added.
One of the biggest question marks facing Beamer and his coaches in the days leading up to the season opener Saturday, Aug. 30 against East Carolina in Charlotte is who will be the starting quarterback.
Senior Sean Glennon and sophomore Tyrod Taylor split time at the position last season, and could do so again this year.
Quarterback coach Mike O’Cain told the media no option is off the table. “We’re going to wait and see. We’re going to watch them and see how they develop — how the team develops. We’re not leaning either way right now, we’re just letting them compete.
“It’s a great situation to be in,” a smiling O’Cain said. “It’s better than trying to find a quarterback.”
The Hokies will continue their pre-season practices through Saturday, Aug. 23, then start their regular game week activities. During the two-week pre-season practices, the team will hold practices each day. This year, however, Beamer and the Hokies are doing things differently.
Beamer explained that this year the team is holding only one practice session a day rather than the normal two-a-days.
“Our coaches are great teachers,” Beamer stated. “Practicing once a day gives them time for a great teaching opportunity. Practicing twice a day kept things too hurried. You couldn’t look at film like you wanted to, players lost their legs and some got hurt. Practicing once a day makes sense for a lot of reasons.”
Also, Beamer noted that this year the team’s scrimmages are open to the public, and he encouraged fans to attend.
“We hope people will come out and watch. We’d like to have our kicker and snappers have the benefit of people being around,” Beamer said, adding “there’s no great secrets about us.”
Scrimmages are set following practice for Tuesday, Aug. 12, Saturday, Aug. 16 and Friday, Aug. 22. The sessions run from 3:15 to 5:30 p.m. A final “scripted scrimmage” set for Saturday, Aug. 23 is closed to the public however.

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Beamer: ‘08 Hokies not a good team — yet

BLACKSBURG — Frank Beamer’s 2008 Virginia Tech Hokies aren’t a good team yet, but they’re working hard to become good.
That was the message Saturday to the press assembled in Lane Stadium for the annual Media Day activities.
Beamer and the Hokies are coming off an 11-3 season in 2007 that featured an Atlantic Coast Conference title, a berth in the FedEx Orange Bowl and a ninth-place finish in the final national polls.
The Hokies return only 10 starters off that team, however, and Beamer knows hard work will be needed to counter the inexperience on his team.
“I like this team,” he said. However, “we’re not good yet. We’re inexperienced in some positions, but we’re working hard. We’re working smart, and we’re working together. I’m eager to see where this team goes,” Beamer told members of the media, noting the team has only practiced five times so far.
One area where inexperience shows up the most right now for the Hokies is on defense. Defensive coordinator Bud Foster’s “D” is coming off a stellar 2007 season, finishing in the top five nationally in five major categories.
“We’ve got a lot of holes to fill on defense,” Foster said. “We’ve got a lot of work to do.”
Not to worry, however, for as Foster put it, “the cupboard isn’t bare.”
Foster has a strong nucleus around which to build, including defensive end Orion Martin, outside linebacker Cam Martin, free safety Kam Chancellor and boundary corner Victor “Macho” Harris.
Depth is Foster’s biggest concern, however. “We’ll have to work hard to build depth so we can see who can step up when they’re needed,” he added.
One of the biggest question marks facing Beamer and his coaches in the days leading up to the season opener Saturday, Aug. 30 against East Carolina in Charlotte is who will be the starting quarterback.
Senior Sean Glennon and sophomore Tyrod Taylor split time at the position last season, and could do so again this year.
Quarterback coach Mike O’Cain told the media no option is off the table. “We’re going to wait and see. We’re going to watch them and see how they develop — how the team develops. We’re not leaning either way right now, we’re just letting them compete.
“It’s a great situation to be in,” a smiling O’Cain said. “It’s better than trying to find a quarterback.”
The Hokies will continue their pre-season practices through Saturday, Aug. 23, then start their regular game week activities. During the two-week pre-season practices, the team will hold practices each day. This year, however, Beamer and the Hokies are doing things differently.
Beamer explained that this year the team is holding only one practice session a day rather than the normal two-a-days.
“Our coaches are great teachers,” Beamer stated. “Practicing once a day gives them time for a great teaching opportunity. Practicing twice a day kept things too hurried. You couldn’t look at film like you wanted to, players lost their legs and some got hurt. Practicing once a day makes sense for a lot of reasons.”
Also, Beamer noted that this year the team’s scrimmages are open to the public, and he encouraged fans to attend.
“We hope people will come out and watch. We’d like to have our kicker and snappers have the benefit of people being around,” Beamer said, adding “there’s no great secrets about us.”
Scrimmages are set following practice for Tuesday, Aug. 12, Saturday, Aug. 16 and Friday, Aug. 22. The sessions run from 3:15 to 5:30 p.m. A final “scripted scrimmage” set for Saturday, Aug. 23 is closed to the public however.

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