Bowl events highlight day 3
Chick-fil-A Bowl Nuggets
December 26, 2006

ATLANTA - While the weather has felt more like Boise instead of the deep south, the Virginia Tech football team pressed on with preparations for Saturday's Chick-fil-A Bowl game against the University of Georgia. Despite temperatures in the low 40s and wind chills of near freezing, the team went through its normal 12-period Tuesday workout at Georgia Tech's Rose Bowl Field.

With two-time Pro Bowler DeAngelo Hall of the Falcons in attendance, the Hokies went through a spirited practice despite the chilly temperature. Two players - Noland Burchette (back) and Devin Perez (ankle) - went down with injuries, but returned to finish the session with head athletic trainer Mike Goforth reporting neither injury is serious and both will play Saturday.

Following the practice, the team showered and headed over to Buckhead for a lunch at the ESPN Zone, sponsored by Chick-fil-A. Following the meal, the team was allowed upstairs for unlimited game play for about an hour. Among the highlights were Sergio Render's mastery of a fishing game, Brandon Flowers showing off his skills in a race car game, Sean Glennon's accuracy in a football throwing game and Nic Schmitt's dominance on the duckpin bowling lanes. Even defensive line coach Charley Wiles got in on the action, going several rounds in an interactive boxing game.

Numerous media members were on hand to capture the excitement with several using the opportunity to interview players.

Tuesday evening players and members of the official party who wanted to could go to the Georgia Aquarium, which turned out to be a huge hit. The Georgia Aquarium is the world's largest aquarium with 8 million gallons of fresh and marine water, and more than 100,000 animals representing 500 species from around the globe. Senior Brenden Hill served as a tour guide for Fox Sports South while most of the others on the team stared in awe of the vast array and size of the animals in the venue. The petting zoo, where visitors could pet stingrays and sharks, seemed to be one of the favorite stops with the whale exhibit also garnering a lot of attention.

In other news:

Tech's orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Marc Siegel, will be busy once the team returns to Blacksburg. He'll be operating on four players to take care of various injuries. Chris Ellis (shoulder), Render (knee) and Chad Carlson (hernia) all need surgery, and departing senior Ryan Hash will also have work done on his shoulder. Ellis, Render and Carlson are all expected back for spring practice.

The first of three bowl-sponsored press conferences will take place on Wednesday as Tech head coach Frank Beamer, along with center Danny McGrath and Burchette, will address the media at the Georgia Dome.

The team will go through its last day of live hitting on Wednesday before scaling things back on Thursday and Friday. Barring bad weather, the team will practice at Georgia Tech on both Wednesday and Thursday before holding its walk-through on Friday at the Georgia Dome.