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Hokies cruise past Miami, move back into the national polls

The Virginia Tech defense recorded eight sacks and the offense racked up 523 total yards, as the Hokies rolled to a 37-16 blowout of Miami at Lane Stadium this past Thursday night. Woody Baron had 2.5 sacks, while Jerod Evans threw two touchdown passes to Bucky Hodges and rushed for a score. Also, Travon McMillian rushed for a season-high 131 yards for the Hokies, who moved to 5-2 overall, 3-1 in ACC play and are at No. 25 in The Associated Press national poll. Tech now travels to Pittsburgh for its second straight Thursday night game. The Hokies haven’t beaten the Panthers in Pittsburgh since 1999 (0-4).

Three Hokies earn ACC honors after performances against Miami

Woody Baron, Tremaine Edmunds and Terrell Edmunds all earned ACC Player of the Week honors, as the Hokies swept the league’s weekly defense awards following the team’s 37-16 victory over Miami. Baron received the Defensive Lineman of the Week honor after recording 2.5 sacks and 4.5 tackles for a loss, while Tremaine Edmunds was named the Linebacker of the Week after recording 10 tackles, including two for a loss. Terrell Edmunds was the Defensive Back of the Week after finishing with seven tackles and an interception. The awards mark the first of each player’s career.

Getting to know ... Woody Baron

Woody Baron is a defensive tackle on the Virginia Tech football team and played arguably the best game of his career in the Hokies’ 37-16 win over Miami last Thursday. He answered a few questions about himself to help fans to get to know him as a person and a football player.
Q: Why did you choose Virginia Tech?
WB: Growing up, my uncle [Jim Baron] came through here, and I grew up as a fan. Then through middle school and high school, I’m watching the Hokies, and I’m growing more and more in love with the program and the way they go about things. I loved the passion they played with. When it came time to make a decision, I saw the connections that my uncle had with the school, and it became a no-brainer for me.
Q: What’s your favorite place to eat?
WB: O’Charley’s is a go-to for me. We have one in Christiansburg, and when I’m back home [in Nashville], I eat there all the time.
Q: What would be your ideal vacation spot?
WB: I’d like to see all 50 states. I’ve seen about 10 of them, so I’d like to go across the country.
Q: What is your favorite city to visit?
WB: Nashville, Tennessee. That’s where my heart is. That’s home, and I love to go back home, no matter how long I’ve been away or how long I’ve been there. I can’t get enough of it.
Q: If you could play another sport, what would it be?
WB: I’d probably play basketball. I played it early on and really had a lot of fun with it. If I wasn’t playing football, I’d probably be on the court.
Q: If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
WB: It would be Nashville. It would be right back at home.
Q: If you could trade places with someone for a day, who would it be?
WB: I might trade places with Jerod [Evans]. It just seems like he has a nice job, and I’d like to see what it’s like to hold the ball and have control of the offense for a day.
Q: What are you listening to these days?
WB: I like to listen to a bunch of different types of music. I listen to a little rap. I like classical, just to mellow out. I like soft rock, indie rock … I just have a wide variety of music. I don’t know where that comes from. I kind of developed that, as I grew up. I wanted to be cultured, I guess.
Q: What is the one talent you’d most like to have?
WB: Playing the piano. I really like how the piano sounds. I wouldn’t mind playing it.
Q: What’s the best thing about being a Virginia Tech football player?
WB: There are so many great things about being a student-athlete at this school. All the people who come to the games and watch … it’s just one of many great benefits that I appreciate about being a Hokie. This experience, which has almost come to its conclusion, has been unforgettable for me.

Virginia Tech
Athlete of the Week

Woody Baron
(Football • Senior • Defensive Tackle • Nashville, Tenn.)
Baron dominated the game from his defensive tackle spot, recording 2.5 of the Hokies’ season-best eight sacks. He also had 4.5 other tackles for loss and six tackles overall in helping the Hokies hold Miami to 16 points in a 37-16 blowout. He leads the Hokies with four sacks on the season and ranked second in tackles for loss with 9.5.

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Swimming and diving teams fare well at home quad meet

The Virginia Tech men’s swimming and diving team went a perfect 3-0 on the weekend at a quad meet held at the Christiansburg Aquatic Center, beating Duke, West Virginia and William & Mary. The women’s team went 2-1, beating William & Mary and West Virginia. Norbert Szabo led the men with victories in the 200-yard freestyle, the 1,650 freestyle and the 200 butterfly. Robert Owen won the 200 backstroke and the 200 IM, while Brandon Fiala (200 breaststroke), Ian Ho (50 freestyle), Hassler Carroll (500 freestyle) Christopher Wang (100 butterfly), Michael Craddock (400 IM) and TJ Shinholser (3-meter diving) also recorded wins. Klaudia Nazieblo and Jessica Hespeler each won three events for the women’s team. Hespeler won the 200 freestyle, 500 freestyle and the 1,650 freestyle, while Nazieblo won the 100 backstroke, 200 butterfly and the 400 IM. In addition, Ashlynn Peters won the 3-meter diving event. The squads continue the 2016-17 season in two weeks with a tri-meet at Pittsburgh on Nov. 4-5.

Tech, Union Bank break ground on baseball facility project


Virginia Tech President Dr. Timothy Sands, Director of Athletics Whit Babcock, Union Bank CEO Billy Beale and several other dignitaries gathered at English Field at Union Park on Thursday evening for the official groundbreaking of the already announced renovation project of the school’s baseball home. The $18 million project calls for new seating, new premium seating, a social area down the first-base line, a new press area, a new video scoreboard and more. For more on the groundbreaking and the project, please read here.

Tech athletes volunteer at Color Me Rad 5K run

More than 50 Virginia Tech student-athletes spent a portion of their Sunday morning serving as volunteers for Blacksburg’s Color Me Rad 5K run held at the Corporate Research Center. The athletes performed an array of tasks, from helping with check-in for the event to serving as on-course marshals to throwing colored dye onto the runners from one of eight color stations. Color Me Rad events are held nationwide as a way to raise money for charity, and the Blacksburg run served to raise money for Special Olympics.

Exit light, enter night – and the Hokies!

In a bouncing Lane Stadium and in front of a national audience on ESPN’s Thursday Night Football, Hokie Nation jumped to the strains of Metallica’s Enter Sandman and the team took the field in what is frequently cited as one of the top entrances in college football. Coach Fuente’s Hokies then showed some fireworks of their own en route to a 37-16 thrashing of the Miami Hurricanes. The big ACC victory marked Virginia Tech’s 22nd win in a Thursday night contest, the most of any team in the nation.