August 22, 2013
Third scrimmage in the books for Tech football squad
Hokies work mostly on specialty situations

BLACKSBURG – Virginia Tech’s offense scored several red-zone touchdowns, and kicker Cody Journell hit three field goals in the team’s intrasquad scrimmage Wednesday night at Lane Stadium.

“We worked on a lot of different situations, and for the most part, I thought we reacted well,” Tech head coach Frank Beamer said. “The offense had some big plays, and the defense had some big plays. That’s how you like it as a head coach. You don’t like it from the standpoint that the defense gave up some big plays, and the offense gave up some sacks.

“But overall, I’m pleased. I thought it was a scrimmage that we can learn from and get better. We’re going to have personnel meeting tomorrow [Thursday] and start getting our depth chart set as far as who is going to play in that season opener against Alabama.”

The scrimmage featured 90 plays and consisted mostly red-zone situations and situations in which the offense was coming out from deep in its own end of the field. Tech ran the ball better in the red zone, with the offense getting three rushing touchdowns from inside the 5, while also getting a passing touchdown from inside the 5.

“We played much better,” offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler said. “We handled the ‘no-talent’ issues, which was huge, especially with the first group. The second group needs to improve on that in terms of the penalties. I thought the first group performed much better. We saw that group starting to jell. We’ve got a ways to go, but it was very encouraging.”

Defensively, backup linebacker Devin Vandyke led all players with six tackles, including two for a loss. Backup safety Desmond Frye recorded the lone interception of the scrimmage.

“I thought we had good effort for the most part,” defensive coordinator Bud Foster said. “Some of our second-team guys were inconsistent, and that was the most disappointing thing. We had a couple of guys bust assignments, which was disappointing because we’ve had good practices. But there’s a reason that there is a depth chart. We’ve got to get a couple of those second-team guys up to speed.

“We saw some situations tonight that we really haven’t worked against, especially around the goal line. We’ve got to be more disciplined in coverage. We were good in our run fits for the most part. But the effort has been good, and we’ve had a good camp. We’ve just got to keep playing.”

Journell booted field goals of 46, 46 and 29 yards in the scrimmage.

The Hokies will have their last scrimmage this Saturday at Lane Stadium. The scrimmage is closed to the public.

Tech opens the season Aug. 31 when it takes on Alabama at the Georgia Dome. Kickoff is slated for 5:30 p.m.

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