Tech Practices In Pads For First Time This Fall
By Jimmy Robertson
August 9, 2005

BLACKSBURG - The Virginia Tech football team put on the pads Tuesday afternoon for the first time since opening practice last Saturday, and the Hokies enjoyed yet another efficient practice as they continued preparations for their opener against N.C. State.

"I like the way we're practicing right now," Tech head coach Frank Beamer said. "We're giving good effort. We're going hard on both sides of the ball, but no one is cheap-shotting anyone. We're getting work done and I can see this team getting better.

"Now we'll see what takes place tomorrow [Wednesday] morning. We begin two-a-days and our first practice is at 6 in the morning. I want to see how we'll accept the challenge, but I think we'll respond well."

Tech's practice featured two periods of pass skeleton drills, where the offensive quarterbacks and receivers tested the passing game against the defensive backs and linebackers. It also featured two periods against the scout-team and several "skill development" periods.

In the pass skeleton drills, Tech quarterback Marcus Vick got off to a bit of a slow start, completing 3-of-7, with one nice, mid-range pass to tight end John Kinzer. Sean Glennon then got the next five snaps, and completed 4-of-5. Cory Holt completed 3-of-4 before Vick came back in and got the final four snaps. In that segment, the redshirt junior completed all four of his pass attempts. None of Tech's quarterbacks threw interceptions on this day.

Beamer also put his team through two special teams periods. Brandon Pace nailed two field goals from 37 yards, but had one blocked. And both Nic Schmitt and freshman Brent Bowden punted well in the second special team period.

The Hokies also worked on kickoffs and kickoff returns.

"We've got a good battle going between Jud Dunlevy and Jared Develli for that kickoff job," Beamer said. "And we put in our field-goal protection today.

"I want to work on special teams throughout the preseason. Usually, I wait and put the kickoff stuff in later, but I'm putting stuff in quicker this year. That way, we should be better in those areas when we play N.C. State."

As stated earlier, two-a-days start Wednesday. Tech will practice from 6-7:40 a.m. and then practice again from 3:15-5:30 p.m.