April 21, 2012
Storms force cancellation of 2012 Maroon-White game
By Jimmy Robertson

BLACKSBURG – The 2012 Maroon-White spring football game scheduled for Saturday afternoon at Lane Stadium was cancelled after scattered thunderstorms bringing lightning hit the area.

The game will not be rescheduled.

“We tried,” Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer said. “Our people were in touch with the National Weather Bureau [Service], and there were a bunch of people involved. There was more bad weather behind this one, and we looked at every situation – whether we could get in a couple of quarters and it didn’t look good for that, or reschedule for tomorrow [Sunday], and it didn’t look good for that, or reschedule for Monday, and it didn’t look good for that. So in the end, we had to cancel it.

“The tough part is that this thing is so competitive, and we’d liked to have one more day to look at backup guys because we’re not going to be able to bring back some guys. We’re limited to 105 for preseason practice, so quite a few guys here this spring aren’t going to be able to come back for preseason practice. But it is what it is.

“I think we’ve had a good spring practice, and I think we’ve seen good improvement. We’ll go from here, and the next thing we’ll be thinking about is Georgia Tech [the season opener].”

The Hokies went through warm-ups as the 4 p.m. kickoff approached. But just minutes before kickoff, Tech officials decided to empty the stadium, sending fans back to their cars and sending the players and the coaches to the locker room.

Tech officials waited for an hour before making the call to cancel the game.

“It’s very disappointing,” mike linebacker Jack Tyler said. “You’d love to play in front of all those people and your family and friends. But it’s one of those things that happens. I’m sure the coaches know who’s ready and who’s not and who’s improved because we’ve had 15 practices. It’s not like we’re missing anything too much. It’s more for the fans.

“The only thing that you miss is who’s going to show up on the big stage. Who’s going to play well in front of a lot of people? Who’s going to play well when the lights are on? But it happens, and you’ve got to move on.”

Here are the 2012 spring football award winners:

Paul Torgersen Award (top newcomers during spring practice) – Offense: Michael Holmes; Defense: Ronny Vandyke

President’s Award (players who demonstrate the most outstanding leadership during the offseason program and spring workouts) – Offense: Andrew Miller; Defense: Kyle Fuller

Dr. Richard Bullock Award (players who show the most improvement during spring workouts) – Offense: Corey Fuller; Defense: Detrick Bonner

Frank O. Moseley Award (players who exhibit the most hustle during the offseason and spring workouts) – Offense: Randall Dunn; Defense: Jack Tyler

Coaches Award (players who had an exceptional spring) – Offense: David Wang; Defense: Alonzo Tweedy

George Preas Award (MVP’s of spring practice) – Offense: Logan Thomas; Defense: Luther Maddy

Don Williams TEAM UNITED Award (the offensive and defensive player who put the team first) – Offense: Matt Arkema; Defense: Antone Exum

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