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Hokies hold Fan Day/Media Day

Virginia Tech head football coach Justin Fuente and more than two dozen football players met with media members at the program’s annual Media Day event held this past Sunday morning at the indoor practice facility. Following the media session, the coaches and players participated in the third annual Fan Day at Lane Stadium. A couple of thousand fans of all ages attended the event and interacted with the coaches and the players. Fans were able to get photographs taken with their favorite players, members of the Spirit Squad and the HokieBird. They also were able to get autographs, as players signed posters, footballs, jerseys and other Tech-related items. Fans still can purchase season tickets either online at hokietickets.com or by calling the Tech Athletics Ticket Office at 1-800-VATECH4.

Tech still searching for depth at receiver spots

 

In 2015, Isaiah Ford set Tech single-season records for receptions (75), receiving yardage (1,164) and touchdown receptions (11) on his way to earning first-team All-ACC honors. He and Cam Phillips (49 catches, 582 yards, two touchdowns), though, each played more than 800 snaps during the regular season, so the coaching staff is searching for depth. But outside of Ford and Phillips, none of Tech’s returning receivers played in a game last season. A group of six freshmen (Eric Kumah, Divine Deablo, Phil Patterson, Samuel Denmark, Sean Daniel and Jordan Jefferson), three sophomores (C.J. Carroll, Jaylen Bradshaw and Tyler Fitzgerald) and a former basketball player (Devin Wilson) are working to improve – and more importantly, provide the depth that the Hokies need.

Tech athletics and Wood Brothers team up for Hokie-colored car

 

The Virginia Tech Athletics Department and Wood Brothers Racing announced Monday that the NASCAR Sprint Cup race team will display a Virginia Tech paint scheme on its cars for upcoming races at Bristol Motor Speedway and Martinsville Speedway. The car will feature a primary color of maroon, with orange and white accent stripes. Ryan Blaney, who drives the Wood Brothers’ No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, will wear a fire suit and a helmet with Virginia Tech colors and the team will be wearing Virginia Tech shirts. The Virginia Tech-themed car will be run at the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race held at Bristol Motor Speedway this Saturday and at the Goody’s Fast Relief 500 held at Martinsville Speedway on Oct. 30. For more details, please click here.

Young Tech men’s soccer squad excited about 2016 opportunities

The Tech men’s soccer team opens the 2016 season with an exhibition today against East Tennessee State at Thompson Field. The Hokies won just five matches last season, but an influx of talented newcomers combined with returning stalwarts such as Andre Thomas, Alessandro Mion and Ousmane Sanogo have created optimism in Blacksburg. Tech has a tough schedule, with 10 teams who made the 2015 NCAA tournament on the slate. The home schedule includes contests against South Florida, NC State, Clemson, Duke and Charlotte – all of which made the NCAA tournament a year ago.

Tech women’s soccer squad helps with WV flood cleanup

 

The Virginia Tech women’s soccer team spent much of the day on Aug. 10 in Clendenin, West Virginia, helping townspeople with the cleanup efforts from all the flooding that occurred in late June. The town of 1,200 people roughly 30 miles northeast of Charleston was one of the hardest hit after the Elk River overflowed its banks. Tech’s players and coaches worked with a local church in the town and spent five hours cleaning mud out of homes, helping to hang drywall and simply talking to the locals, offering support for those who had lost so much. The Hokies open their season this Friday against LSU in Charleston, South Carolina.

HokieSports Weekly honored as nation’s top online magazine

The Virginia Tech Athletics External Team – comprised of the strategic communications, marketing, ticket and video departments – was honored with four national awards from the College Sports Information Directors of America. This online publication, HokieSports Weekly, received the award for best online magazine, while the 2015 Football Media Guide cover was voted as the top cover nationally. The 2015 Football Media Guide and the 2015 football poster received the second-place award in their respective categories.

Hokies preparing for opener!

New Virginia Tech football coach Justin Fuente has implemented a faster-paced, high-energy theme to practices and the Hokies are getting up to speed as they prepare for the season opener against Liberty on September 3 in Lane Stadium.