August 3, 2007
Football practice report: Day Two
The Notebook
    The Hokie football squad wrapped up its second practice Friday afternoon on another hot and humid day. Like Thursday, things went well and the players were without pads as they worked themselves back into form before practicing in full armor on Monday. Some news and notes:

• As reported earlier, Elan Lewis will have season-ending surgery on the ACL of his right knee. It's been a rough couple of years for the redshirt sophomore, who's been bothered by the knee since arriving at Tech. Despite the bad news, he was still out at practice with his teammates in a helmet, cleats and shorts - albeit with a green jersey and a giant brace - watching drills and going through post-practice calisthenics.

• Speaking of post-practice, the players seemed to be in better spirits following Friday's conditioning session. Considering the heat, several guys said Thursday's sprint drills were among the toughest they've done. Was Friday any easier? Although still short of breath and dousing himself with water, offensive lineman Brandon Holland spoke for the group when he managed a nod of his head. Not much to say, so we'll take that as a maybe. There's still a lot of progress to make in the next month.

• One other roster move to report: Wide receiver Michael Reid suffered a knee injury on Thursday and will be unable to practice for the time being. Taking his spot on the roster will be freshman Dean Hill, a 6-0, 166-pound free safety from St. Stephen, S.C. Because of redshirt freshman Mario Edwards' hamstring injury on Thursday and his limited mobility, Hill finds himself third on the depth chart on his first day in uniform.

• According to head athletic trainer Mike Goforth, there was only one other minor injury to report. Defensive tackle Cordarrow Thompson has an aggravated hamstring, but he was still able to get some work in. Speaking of Goforth, he's been throwing balls to the running backs during their pass-catching drills the last two days. When asked if he might appear as the No. 5 QB on the depth chart, he quickly said no. "Maybe sixth, though," he quipped.

• For those of you who haven't seen it yet, the preseason USA TODAY Top 25 Coaches' Poll was released on Thursday, and the Hokies check in at No. 9. That ties their second-highest preseason ranking in the coaches' poll, as they also were voted ninth in 2001. Tech's best preseason ranking in either poll was an appearance at No. 7 in the 2005 coaches' poll.

    USC ranks No. 1 in the initial rankings. Tech's Sept. 8 opponent, LSU, claimed the No. 2 spot, and defending BCS-champion Florida sits third. Florida State was the only other ACC team to get ranked (21st), although Boston College, Georgia Tech, Miami, Wake Forest and Clemson were among the top teams 'also receiving votes.' At least one coach was in a jovial mood, as 0-12 Duke gathered one vote.

• The team will hold its annual media day on Saturday, as all coaches and players will be available for television, radio and print interviews. The event is closed to the public, but be on the lookout for a photo gallery on sometime Saturday afternoon/evening.

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