Future Notre Dame games set, graduation and more NFL rookie camps

BLACKSBURG – The ACC announced four more games in the Virginia Tech-Notre Dame football series on Thursday in addition to the three games already on the schedule between 2018 and 2021. Tech will open the 2036 season (yes, that’s 19 years away) on Sept. 1 at home against Notre Dame. The announcement also included another contest at Lane Stadium in 2028, with road games at Notre Dame in 2027 and 2033.

Notre Dame will make its debut in Blacksburg on Oct. 6, 2018 and will return again Oct. 9, 2021. The Hokies will make their second appearance at Notre Dame Stadium on Nov. 2, 2019.

Virginia Tech overcame a pair of 17-point deficits, as well as cold and windy conditions, to register a 34-31 victory on Nov. 19, 2016 in the first ever football meeting between the two programs.

2017 highlights at Notre Dame


More NFL rookie mini-camps set this weekend

Jon McLaughlin (Arizona) and Nigel Williams (Buffalo) are among numerous Hokies who are expected to report to NFL rookie mini-camps today, with action getting underway on the practice fields Friday. McLaughlin will wear No. 60 for the Cardinals, while Williams has been assigned No. 93 by the Bills.

Sam Rogers is the only member of Tech’s 2017 NFL Draft Class who didn’t participate in a mini-camp this past weekend. The L.A. Rams will begin on-field work with their rookies Friday.

A.J. Hughes (Pittsburgh) will be competing at the Steelers’ rookie camp with Iowa’s Dillon Kidd, who has been invited on a tryout basis. Other Hokies anticipated to attend camps as undrafted free agents include defensive tackle Woody Baron (Dallas), defensive end Ken Ekanem (Denver) and quarterback Jerod Evans (Philadelphia).

We’ll bring you all the coverage on @VT_Football – stay tuned for updates throughout the weekend.

ICYMI – Here’s receiver Isaiah Ford speaking to the South Florida media about joining the Dolphins:

Celebrating Academic Success

Friday will mark graduation at Virginia Tech, and weather permitting, the ceremony will take place at Lane Stadium. Five members of the 2017 squad will receive undergraduate degrees this weekend:

Free safety Der’woun Greene, quarterback Brenden Motley and Ekanem have completed their second undergrad degrees at Tech. Other individuals who were on the roster in 2016 and are expected to receive degrees include:

  • Long snapper Colton Taylor (human development)
  • Cornerback Curtis Williams (building construction & real estate)
  • Defensive tackle Dalton Roe (mechanical engineering)
  • Backer Jamieon Moss (creative writing)
  • Whip linebacker Johnathan Galante (consumer studies)
  • Kicker Michael Santamaria (finance)
  • Punter Mitchell Ludwig (consumer studies)

The football squad owns a streak of seven consecutive seasons with an APR above 950. For more information on Tech’s recent APR scores, read this full release: vthoki.es/VTAPR

The real #DBU thriving in DC and more!

Three former members of the Virginia Tech secondary are currently employed by Washington’s NFL franchise – secondary coach Torrian Gray, safety DeAngelo Hall and cornerback Kendall Fuller. Larry Michael and his crew recently caught up with Gray and Fuller.

Here are a few other interesting links this week that you should check out:

Bill Bender – The Most Lopsided College Football Rivalries


CBS Sports – Ranking the Power Five Head Coaches


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