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Tech's New Recruit: A Super-Sleeper?
by Chris Horne

Roland Minor, a 6-1, 190-pound wide receiver/defensive back prospect from Woodson High School in Washington D.C., was not necessarily the player Hokie fans expected to be their 13th verbal commitment. In fact, it wasnít until recently that the Tech coaches extended a scholarship offer to Minor, who made his commitment yesterday, less than two weeks after receiving the offer.

Despite the lack of recognition in the recruiting ranks, it appears the Hokies found themselves a stud of a player. For one thing, Minor is fastÖreal fast. According to Woodson High School Head Coach Greg Fuller, Minor ran a 4.2 forty at the Washington D.C area combine this summer. His time was matched only by All-American tight end prospect Vernon Davis of Dunbar.

The 40 time was no fluke.

"He [Minor] usually runs around a 4.3," said Fuller.

But there is more. Not only does Minor possess blazing speed, but he is tough and has a great knowledge of the game. His attributes helped him earn first-team All-DC I-AA as a junior at the wide receiver position. So far this season, he has been able to continue his success.

"So far this year, Roland has made 15 receptions for 288 yards and three touchdowns," said Fuller. "On defense, he has one interception on the year. We mostly play him on the offensive end."

While he is an impressive wide receiver who, according to Fuller, is also the best blocker on the team, Minor is being recruited to play defensive back for the Hokies. He possesses all the skills to turn into a great collegiate cornerback.

"Defensively, itís his tenacity, aggressiveness, and attacking style [that make him good]", said Fuller. "He is also a very good tackler and has a great sense for football."

Virginia Tech Receivers Coach Tony Ball was the lead recruiter for Minor, who has already qualified academically for freshman eligibility. He chose the Hokies over offers from Penn State and Temple. Even though he has committed to Tech, he will take all of his official visits, according to Fuller.

-- Chris Horne

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Streaks
by Will Stewart

Lately, some notable streaks relating to Hokie football have come to our attention. Take a look at these stats:

  • VT has beaten Boston College 7 times in a row.

  • The Hokies have gone 6-0 four years straight now.

  • Tech has been ranked in the Top 5 in both polls at some point in the season for four straight years.

  • Lee Suggs has scored at least one TD in 19 straight games.

  • The Hokies have had appeared on TV in nine straight games and 39 of the last 40. Since game 3 of the 1999 season against Clemson, the only non-televised Hokie football game was last year's victory at Temple. Tech will not be on TV against Rutgers in next week's game.

  • Since Big East round-robin play began in 1993, the Hokies have won every Big East road opener -- that's ten in a row and counting.

  • The last time the Hokies weren't ranked in either poll was September 6, 1998.

SGA Announces "Orange Effect" for Rutgers Game

Tech's Student Government Association (SGA) is promoting "Orange Effect 2002." They are asking Tech fans to wear orange shirts to the October 19th Homecoming game against Rutgers, and they are selling special Orange Effect T-shirts for the occasion.

For more details, see the Hokie Effect Home Page on the SGA's web site.

   TechSideline.com Updates From the Past Week


Boston College Game Analysis
by Will Stewart, TechSideline.com, 10/11/02, 3:50 pm
One of the keys to going undefeated -- and let's face it, that's what the Hokies are shooting for now -- is to win even when you don't play well or things donít go your way.
in Football

Hokies Run Over BC, 28-23
by Will Stewart, TechSideline.com, 10/11/02, 12:50 am
Boston, MA - Virginia Tech used their punishing ground game to overcome 15 penalties and poor special teams play, downing Boston College 28-23 at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill.
in Football

Beerman's Picks
by Ben Shapiro, 10/10/02, 3:00 pm
This Week: More off-day madness! Thursday again, but this time up in Bawston. Dang, there are big games all over the place this weekend. I'm kinda glad that I'll not have anywhere else to be this Saturday.
in Voice of the Fan

Around the Big East
by Matthew McKinley, 10/10/02, 3:00 pm
Pshew! Well I survived that Open Date. Just barely. I was so sick I could hardly leave the house, so what did I do? I watched college football all day, of course! Itís just not quite as fun with the Hokies not on, though.
in Voice of the Fan

Interoffice Memo to a Hokie Fan
by "We're Going," 10/10/02, 9:35 am
We're: It has come to my attention that you will be conducting an unauthorized event in your cubicle Thursday, October 10, for which you have not filed the proper paperwork, received the proper approval, or have explained what you intend on doing as far as making up the billable hours you will be spending conducting this event.
in Voice of the Fan

Boston College Preview
by Jeff Ouellet, 10/9/02, 10:30 am
The Big East Conference opener is finally here, with the fourth-ranked, 5-0 Virginia Tech Hokies traveling to Chestnut Hill to take on the 3-1 Boston College Eagles.
in Football

Hokie Hotline Notes
by Joel Kelly, 10/7/02, 10:00 am
With a chill in the air, and a welcome autumn upon us, the Hokie Hotline was on the air. Bill Roth took your calls and hosted Head Football Coach Frank Beamer. Also joining tonight's Hotline was Offensive Coordinator Bryan Stinespring.
in Hotline Notes

Building Depth
by Bill Glose, 10/7/02, 12:35 am
As with every other football season, a recognizable pattern has emerged this year, one that Hokies used to detest, but now embraceóthe withering of underdogs against heavily favored opponents.
in TSL Columnists


 
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