August 2, 2007
Tech begins practicing for 2007 season
The Notebook
The Virginia Tech football team held its first practice of the fall Thursday afternoon in the heat and on the practice fields behind the Jamerson Athletic Center as the Hokies begin preparations for their Sept. 1 opener against East Carolina.

On Wednesday evening, 103 players, including 23 newcomers (four walk-ons), reported to Blacksburg on the eve of the first practice. All of the players checked in, had their height and weights taken, were fitted for equipment and filled out the necessary forms. After dinner, the team convened at 8 p.m., for an organizational meeting.

Tech spent the first day in helmets, jerseys and shorts and practiced for more than two hours. The Hokies plan on practicing in full pads this Monday for the first time.

Tech's first practice went smoothly, and head coach Frank Beamer was pleased with his signal caller, Sean Glennon.

"I think he's more aware because he's a year older and it shows," Beamer said. "His understanding of the offense and where people are supposed to be is showing. I think he's a competitive quarterback. I think he's a very smart quarterback and I think he likes the job of being a quarterback at Virginia Tech."

The team will practice again on Friday afternoon. On Saturday, the coaching staff and the players will participate in Tech's annual media day, and then practice Saturday afternoon. All three are closed to the public.

Other notes from the first day of practice:

• If Thursday was any indication of how things will go the rest of preseason and the game week leading up to the ECU contest, the Hokies will receive plenty of media attention. Over 20 members of the press -- far higher than on most season's opening practice -- were in attendance to chronicle Tech's first practice since the tragedy of April 16. ESPN even sent a satellite truck and did a live report from practice during its College Football Live Show. With all the requests coming in from all corners of the country -- and further -- the Hokies will be in the spotlight leading up to Sept. 1.

• NCAA rules allow 105 players to report for camp. Receiver Michael Reid joined camp on Thursday morning to bring the total up to 104 players. The staff is hopeful freshman offensive lineman William Alvarez will be in camp by this weekend and he would be No. 105.

• Mario Edwards (hamstring) was the only injury on the day, according to head athletic trainer Mike Goforth.

• The Hokies didn't catch much of a break from a weather standpoint as camp opened. With the heat index in the low 90s, the training staff had their hands full. The inflatable pools filled with cold water and ice were the popular places to be after practice. Temperatures are expected to hover around 90 degrees with little chance of rain over then next week.

• In fall weight room testing, one position record was broken. Steven Friday broke the whip linebacker record with a 400-pound bench press. Kenny Younger was the lone Excalibur Award winner while eight Hokies -- Corey Gordon, Scott King, Dylan McGreevy, Devin Perez, Dorian Porch, Demetrius Taylor, Carlton Weatherford and Younger -- earned Super Iron Hokie honors.

• Of the recruits, several turned in eye-popping performances. Cornerback Cris Hill ran the fastest 40-yard dash, posting a time of 4.34. He also checked in with a body fat percentage of just 1.40 percent. Receiver Patrick Terry ran the 40-yard dash in 4.37 seconds while quarterback Tyrod Taylor was third at 4.39. Other impressive times were: Danny Coale (4.41), Ervin Garner (4.43) and Darren Evans (4.55).

• Taylor led the freshmen with a 39.5-inch vertical jump with Terry following just behind him at 39 inches. Lineman Blake DeChristopher led all the freshmen with a 410-pound bench press while Kwamaine Battle and Khalil Latif both maxed out at 400 pounds. 

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