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Results from the NFL Combine
by Chris Coleman,

Last weekend 11 Virginia Tech players journeyed to Indianapolis to take part in the 2008 NFL combine. The Hokies had the second highest number of players participating in the event, behind only the USC Trojans. They went in the hopes of improving their status for April's NFL Draft.

Getting a complete list of numbers from the combine is difficult, but we managed to piece some information together about Tech players and how they performed.

Xavier Adibi: Adibi ran a somewhat disappointing 4.69 in the 40 yard dash. However, Adibi didn't focus on speed in the weeks leading up to the combine. Instead he focused on putting on weight. He gained 12 pounds since weighing in at 220 at the Senior Bowl in January. That will answer some questions about his ability to put on weight. His field speed is much better than 4.69, and he more than likely held serve as a second round selection.

Barry Booker: The only information that we could find on Booker is that he did 24 reps of 225-lbs. on the bench press. He was never known for his brute strength, so this isn't a surprise. He could end up being a very late draft pick.

Duane Brown: Brown had a solid showing at the NFL Combine. He ran a 5.08 in the 40, the fourth fastest of all offensive linemen. He had a 27.5 inch vertical jump, fifth best among linemen, and ran the 20 yard shuttle in a 4.52, second best at his position. As expected, the former tight end was one of the most athletic players at the combine. He more than likely helped his stock.

Chris Ellis: Chris Ellis weighed in at 263 and ran a 4.71 in the 40 yard dash. That was the sixth fastest of all defensive ends at the combine. It doesn't appear that Ellis lifted or ran any of the other drills. His upper body mass will keep him from behind a high selection, and his stock has been dropping since t he beginning of January.

Brandon Flowers: Flowers ran anywhere between a 4.55 and a 4.58 in the 40 yard dash. That's about what was expected. He did 14 bench press reps and had a 30 inch vertical. He didn't wow anyone with his athleticism, but he wasn't expected to. He is expected to be a first or second round selection.

Vince Hall: It doesn't appear that Hall ran or lifted for NFL scouts at the combine. That's probably a good move, as he wouldn't have distinguished himself. He will likely go off the board sometime in the second half of the draft.

Justin Harper: Harper measured in at 6-3.5, 217. He certainly looks the part of an NFL wide receiver. He was probably hoping to run in the upper 4.4's in the 40, but his time of 4.52 is good for a player his size. Based on his size and athleticism, Harper should be drafted at some point in the later rounds.

Josh Morgan: Josh Morgan had an injured hamstring and didn't participate in many of the events at the combine. The only number we could find on him was a 28-inch vertical jump, which won't be moving him up any draft boards.

D.J. Parker: D.J. Parker ran a disappointing 4.66 in the 40 yard dash. That's not a great time, considering he was always timed faster than Brandon Flowers in that drill at Virginia Tech. However, he did manage 19 reps on the bench press, sixth best amongst safety prospects. He should be a late round pick.

Carlton Powell: Powell measured in at 6-2, 292. His 40 time has been listed anywhere from a 5.04 to a 5.08, which is pretty good for a defensive tackle. He had a 22.5 inch vertical jump. He only did 23 reps on the bench press however, a little lower than you might expect considering he was so physical at the point of attack at Virginia Tech. Powell could be selected as high as the fifth round, or perhaps not at all.

Eddie Royal: Royal had a very impressive performance at the NFL combine. He ran a 4.39 in the 40 yard dash, sixth best among wide receivers. He had 24 reps on the bench press, best among all the receivers, and better than some linemen. His 36-inch vertical was sixth best, and he also had the 10th best time in the 60 yard shuttle at 11.66. Royal had the best performance of any Virginia Tech player at the combine. His 10-yard split in the 40 yard dash (1.48 seconds) was best among the wide receivers, which shows his explosion coming off the line of scrimmage. Royal will probably be a third round pick, though it's possible that some team could like him in the second round.

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Snyder Discusses Latest Visit

February 29, 2008
Last Sunday's visit to the University of Virginia certainly was not the first for Deep Run (Glen Allen, VA) defensive end Jake Snyder, but the talented junior did see and learn some new things about UVa that he didn't know before. The 6-4, 235-pound prospect discussed the junior day experience and gave the latest on his recruitment.

Do the Hokies Have a Shot at the Big Dance?
February 28, 2008
Thanks to a three-game winning streak and a high spot in the ACC standings, NCAA tournament talk has been a focus on the basketball board recently. The Hokies are 17-11, 8-6 in the ACC, and sit at fourth in the conference standings. They've got a shot at an NCAA tournament berth. At this point you can make a case for the Hokies, but you can make a stronger case against them.

TSL Audio: The Len Martez Show, 2/27/08
February 28, 2008
The Hokie basketball team is on a roll, and yesterday Len Martez and Chris Coleman talked about the win over BC, as well as the hot topic: what it will take for the Hokies to make the NCAA tournament (WMA format, compatible with Windows Media Player and MP3 players, 3.4 MB, 14:34).

Top RB Takes in First College Experience
February 28, 2008
Before the beginning of the 2007 season, junior running back David Wilson was asked by George Washington's (Danville, VA) running backs coach to write out a list of goals. One goal was to rush for over 1,000 yards, something he easily accomplished. Another was to receive a Division 1A scholarship offer, and the 5-11, 190-pound standout just landed his third offer yesterday.

Offer Profile: West Springfield QB Bryn Renner
February 28, 2008
After playing wide receiver each of his first two seasons on the varsity football level, 6-3, 192-pound Bryn Renner became West Springfield's (Springfield, VA) starting quarterback as a junior in 2007. Renner, who prepared well to take over as starting signal caller, turned in an excellent year, passing for 2,749 yards with 32 touchdowns and only seven interceptions. He completed 63-percent of his passes in the Spartans spread offense.

Q&A: Meadowbrook OL Morgan Moses
February 27, 2008
Meadowbrook High School (Richmond, VA) star Morgan Moses, a 6-7, 330-pound offensive lineman, is becoming one of the most highly recruited prospects in the state in the 2009 class. Coming off a stellar junior season in which he earned first-team all-state and first-team all-metro honors, Moses has scored six official Division 1A scholarship offers including Georgia, Maryland, Tennessee, Virginia, Virginia Tech and West Virginia.

Hokies Ground Eagles, Take Over Fourth Place
February 26, 2008
After a slow first half from both teams, Virginia Tech literally ran away with the game in the second half by using their athleticism in a 67-48 rout of Boston College that wasn't as close as the final score indicated. The win moved the Hokies to 17-11 overall and 8-6 in the ACC, and they now stand all alone at fourth place in the conference. BC dropped to 13-13, and 4-9 in conference play.

Lackey CB Names a Top Four
February 26, 2008
Lackey (Indian Head, MD) cornerback recruit Darrell Givens attended a junior day event at the University of Maryland this past Saturday, but he wasn't able to make Sunday's junior day at UVa. The 6-0, 179-pound junior discussed his trip to Maryland, where he plans to go next and when a college decision could come.

Hokie Hotline Notes for 2/25/08
February 26, 2008
Presented by Pete Dye River Course of Virginia Tech: On Monday night's show, head men's basketball coach Seth Greenberg addressed a variety of topics, including the team's mental approach to ACC games, where he thinks they stand right now, and tonight's game against Boston College.

Top Safety Talks Recruiting
February 26, 2008
Back on November 3rd, the University of Virginia became the first Division 1A program to extend a scholarship offer to hard-hitting safety Corey Lillard. The Liberty High School (Bealeton, VA) standout junior, who has added three more 1A offers since then, certainly remembers receiving the offer from head coach Al Groh.

Boyce Feeling Good
February 26, 2008
Xavier Boyce's senior season ended prematurely after just four regular season games, as the 6-4, 210-pound safety/wide receiver missed the rest of the year due to a separated left shoulder. The Virginia Tech recruit has recovered from the injury, as evidenced by his play on the basketball court.

Basketball Game Preview: Virginia Tech vs. Boston College
February 26, 2008
The Hokies will look to continue their winning ways when they host Boston College in Cassell Coliseum on Tuesday night. If you're debating on whether or not to come to this game, consider that this is the biggest basketball game of the season for Tech. If they don't beat Boston College, their NCAA tournament hopes will basically be gone. This will be ACC basketball with a March intensity level.

Around the ACC: February 25th, 2008
February 25, 2008
With just two weeks remaining in the season, there are still a number of things that have yet to be decided. Seven of the ACC's 12 teams are still in contention for a first round bye in the ACC tournament. Two of those teams are NCAA tournament locks, and the other five have work to do. The roller coaster ride that is the ACC basketball season is almost at an end, but we still have to go through a few more twists and turns. Then we've got the ACC tournament. There is a lot of basketball yet to be played.

Two New Offers for Thomas
February 25, 2008
6-6, 220-pound Logan Thomas, one of the top overall athletes in the state of Virginia's 2009 class, picked up two ACC offers within the past week or so, pushing his Division 1A scholarship offer total to five. The Brookville (Lynchburg, VA) star has attended three junior days this month, including trips to North Carolina and Virginia each of the past two weekends.

Hokies Dominate Jackets on the Boards, Win 92-84
February 23, 2008
Virginia Tech grabbed the lead over Georgia Tech with 7:46 remaining in the first half and never relinquished it, downing the Yellow Jackets 92-84 in Cassell Coliseum on Saturday afternoon. The win was VTs second in a row, and pushed the Hokies overall record to 16-11 overall and 7-6 in the ACC. Georgia Tech dropped to 11-14 and 4-7.
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