NFL Combine underway, Big Squat Thursday & spring schedule

BLACKSBURG – The NFL Scouting Combine is underway in Indianapolis. Sam Rogers was the first of six Virginia Tech representatives to hit the bench press on Thursday, knocking out 19 reps at 225 pounds. Rogers ran an unofficial time of 4.93 seconds in the 40-yard dash with shuttle runs, the three-cone drill, the broad jump and vertical jump left to complete.

In addition to Rogers, safety Chuck Clark, defensive end Ken Ekanem, tight end Bucky Hodges, quarterback Jerod Evans and receiver Isaiah Ford also are showcasing their skills for coaches and scouts at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Quarterbacks, wide receivers and tight ends will conduct on-field drills Saturday, with defensive linemen and linebackers going through their paces Sunday. The Combine will conclude with defensive backs on the field Monday. We’ll have all the results as they come in on the @VT_Football Twitter feed.

Virginia Tech’s Pro Day is set for March 15. We’ll have full coverage of all the participants and NFL attendees.

More details on Tech’s players at the NFL Combine

Early mornings, Big Squat Thursday

Virginia Tech football coach Justin Fuente always keeps the Hokies guessing and this week, there were a couple changes to the regular off-season workout routine. Tech moved its 5:30 a.m. “Colorado” workouts outdoors on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, providing an added mental challenge for the squad, especially with temperatures hovering below freezing Friday morning.

With Tech’s spring break commencing this weekend, Fuente and his head strength and conditioning guru, Ben Hilgart, moved the traditional #BigSquatFriday up a day and conducted the first #BigSquatThursday. While many players logged personal bests, Tim Settle and Wyatt Teller doing reps at 605 pounds served as a great conclusion to the week’s lifting.

Don’t forget to renew

To ensure the best available seats for the 2017 season and beyond, fans need to renew their season tickets by March 16 AND make their annual gift to the Hokie Club prior to March 31 to qualify for priority seating based on one’s gift. Fans will be notified via email when they will be able to select their seats as part of the reseating process that will begin online in May.

Renew today

Welcome Back, André Davis and Bimbo Coles

Two distinguished Tech athletics alums are joining the department to serve as the directors of student-athlete support and community engagement. André Davis and Bimbo Coles will serve as ambassadors for Virginia Tech’s athletics programs, with emphasis in community engagement and student-athlete well being.

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Year Two under Coach Fuente

Andrea Adelson of recently caught up with Coach Fuente regarding the challenges that he’ll face in his second year at the helm of the Hokies. Make sure to check it out.

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