Tech concludes two-a-days
By Jimmy Robertson
August 17, 2005

BLACKSBURG - Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer and his staff put the Hokies through the paces twice on Wednesday as the football team wrapped up two-a-days for this fall.

The highlight of Tech's afternoon practice came at the end of the practice when the second- and third-teamers participated in a scrimmage. The scrimmage consisted of roughly 20-25 plays, with Beamer and his staff wanting to get a look at some players who perhaps could figure into Tech's two-deep this fall. The list of players included several true freshmen.

"We've got probably a half-dozen freshmen who we're looking at," Beamer said. "Macho Harris is in that mix, and we've been working Ed Wang a lot there at tight end. William Wall is another one. And Elan Lewis has been impressive. We have some good backs, so we need to do what's in the best interests of Elan."

Beamer threw in Dorian Porch's name as well. Porch, from Georgia, has been getting a lot of reps at rover because of Cary Wade's injured ankle. The Hokies lack depth at a couple of spots in the secondary, causing the staff to watch certain freshmen closely.

"He's a smart kid and he's picking things up quickly," Beamer said. "We think he's going to be a good player for us."

Both of Tech's back-up quarterbacks - Sean Glennon and Cory Holt - got reps in the scrimmage. Beamer said neither has separated himself from the other enough to grasp the No. 2 job behind Marcus Vick.

"We're going to let them keep competing and see where it goes," Beamer said. "Both of them have had their moments."

Perhaps the best performance of the day came from Tech's offensive line during the middle drill midway through the afternoon practice. The middle drill consists of the offense going against the defense, with the only plays being running plays directly up the middle.

Tech's staff moved Will Montgomery from guard to center, the position he played last season, and moved Brandon Gore to the No. 1 spot on the depth chart at left guard. The move appears to be paying dividends.

"I thought in our middle drill that the offensive line was as good as it's been [this August]," Beamer said. "So that was very encouraging.

"Will gives us a bit of a confidence boost as a unit. He knows the calls and he knows the position. And Brandon has been practicing well."

Also on a positive note, Tech's kickers boomed the ball Wednesday. Nic Schmitt and Brent Bowden punted much better than they did in Saturday's scrimmage, and both Jared Develli and Jud Dunlevy blasted kickoffs as the Hokies worked on kickoff coverage.

"Schmitt was bombing them," Beamer said. "And our kickoff guys were bombing them. I'm pleased with that."

Tech practiced earlier than usual Wednesday morning - the Hokies started at 6 a.m. The players went to the coaches and requested the earlier practice because it allowed for more time to relax between practices.

"Monday, we practiced at 9:30 [a.m.] and then again at 3:15," Beamer said. "There wasn't much time to rest between practices, and I think the players like doing that. They'd rather get up early and have more time to relax."

Of course, Tech's coaching staff didn't exactly request that 6 a.m. practice.

"No, not us," Beamer laughed. "I'm more of an 8:30 guy myself."

The Hokies practice again Thursday afternoon and Friday before their second full-squad scrimmage of the preseason on Saturday.