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 Tech Sports News

Tech Receivers Still a Young Group
by Chris Coleman,

January, February and March are the months that get players prepared for the next football season. That first year in the strength and conditioning program is key for a young player's development. The youngest group of players on the Tech team is the wide receivers, and they made good use of their offseason.

The Hokie wide receivers are, in a word, big. If the season began tomorrow, the top five receivers would likely be Danny Coale, Jarrett Boykin, Dyrell Roberts, Austin Fuller and Xavier Boyce. Here are their listed heights and weights for spring practice.

Tech's Top Receivers
Player Ht. Wt.

Xavier Boyce

6-4 224

Jarrett Boykin

6-2 212

Austin Fuller

6-2 207

Danny Coale

6-0 205

Dyrell Roberts

6-1 192


6-1.8 208

Those are some big targets at wide receiver. Four of the five are 6-1 or taller, and four of the five weigh in at 205-lbs or more. Though they all have good size, there is also good speed and athleticism in the group. None of them are complete burners, but there is a lot of good balance between size and speed.

This is also still a very young group of wide receivers. Only one of those five has taken part in a spring practice before. That's Danny Coale, who participated last spring, before his r-freshman season. The other four receivers on that list enrolled only in time for practice last August. They have yet to go through spring practice, where so many key fundamentals are taught.

Despite the fact that there is just one spring practice amongst all these receivers, they have combined to catch a lot of passes in their young careers.

Receiving Stats





Danny Coale

36 408 0

Jarrett Boykin

30 441 2

Dyrell Roberts

17 227 0

Xavier Boyce

1 7 0


84 1083 2

That's pretty good production from a group of players who were all freshmen last year. In fact, Boyce ended up with a medical redshirt after injuring his shoulder. As a result, the Hokies will be fielding three sophomores and two r-freshmen at the wide receiver position this year.

These players still have some growing to do. For the first time, they will all be together during spring practice, and they should make some good improvements.

TSL Spring Game Tailgate Information

OK, Hokie Sports Fans...time once again for the VT Spring Game. The team has been busy throughout the winter in the weight room, has endured the dreaded 6 AM workouts, and is busy sharpening their skills in Spring practice. It is just about time for the annual Maroon and White Spring Game. The least we can do, as fans, is come out and cheer them on, and what better way to get in a cheering mood than to do a little tailgating!

The 2009 Edition of the Award Winning TSL Spring Game Tailgate Party. Your hosts this year will be Pops & Co., knucklejunction, hokiebred, HFNVA and F4EHokie. Russian Hokie will be our official photographer.

Here's what will be provided:

  • BBQ Pork!
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Here's what you need to bring:

  • Your favorite beverage, adult or otherwise
  • Hamburger, sausages, hot dogs, or anything else you want to grill
  • Chips, salsa, veggie trays, chicken, side dishes, etc.
  • Cookies, cake, or other baked goods for desert.
  • Whatever else you want to eat (But plan on sharing!)

We will be cooking about 125# of pork, and it will be first come, first served.

Tailgating begins at 10:00 AM. Look for the white tents and the Hokie flag in the east end of lot 2.

This year, since we don't have a sponsor as in the past, we need folks to step up and help us out with the costs. There will be a donation jar at the tailgate. Please chip in and help us pay our expenses!

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For more info on TechSideline Pass, and to subscribe, click here. Updates From the Past Week
Friday Q&A: April 3, 2009
April 3, 2009
In this week's Friday Q&A, Chris Coleman answers questions about football and basketball. He discusses how valuable Seth Greenberg has been to the basketball program, how much longer Frank Beamer will coach at Tech, and also addresses issues with the offensive line and quarterbacks.

Sixth Offer for FUMA's Bodine
April 2, 2009
The University of Virginia became the sixth school to officially offer Fork Union Military Academy prep standout Russell Bodine, who met with Cavaliers head coach Al Groh earlier this evening. Duke, Marshall, New Hampshire, North Carolina and Wake Forest have also offered the 6-4, 285-pound junior offensive lineman, who commented on the offer he picked up just hours ago.

All-American OL Makes Visits
April 2, 2009
Bolles (Jacksonville, FL) offensive tackle Brent Benedict earned Class 2A first-team all-state and EA Sports All-American honors for his junior season performance. With 37 official scholarship offers to his credit, including offers from some of the top programs in the nation, Benedict has certainly been recognized by Division 1A college coaches as well.

Ocean Lakes WR a National Recruit
April 2, 2009
6-4, 180-pound wide receiver Justin Hunter, a star junior out of Ocean Lakes High School (Virginia Beach, VA), has become a true national recruit in recent months, having earned official offers from Alabama, Florida and LSU, among others, and drawing interest from Southern Cal. He has also accepted an invitation to play in the Under Armour All-American game next January. Through it all, Hunter has kept grounded.

2008 Recruiting Class Looks to Make Noise this Spring
April 1, 2009
Virginia Tech's 2008 recruiting class is looking like an early success. Some of those players saw the field as true freshmen last year, and almost all of them are competing for playing time this spring. Today we'll give a quick update on Tech's 2008 recruits and how they are panning out so far.

Interest Increasing for Chase Williams
April 1, 2009
The son of longtime NFL coach Gregg Williams, Loudoun County (VA) standout Chase Williams has been around football his whole life, something that has contributed to the success he has enjoyed on the high school level. Loudoun County head coach Todd Hill calls Williams, a junior linebacker/tight end, the most intelligent player he has ever coached.

Position Changes Highlight Start of Spring Practice
March 31, 2009
Spring practice opens tomorrow for Virginia Tech, and there are position changes on both sides of the ball. Some could be permanent, while others are merely experiments. Here's a recap of the players who will be at different positions this spring.
Also: 2009 TSL Spring Game Tailgate Information.

Kolb Talks Recovery, Recruiting
March 31, 2009
It has been about a month since 6-6, 300-pound Lake Braddock (Burke, VA) junior Khamrone Kolb suffered a torn ACL while playing basketball. The standout offensive tackle prospect is doing well these days and has been encouraged by the progress he has made with his recovery.

2009 Spring Football: Hokies Appear Loaded, but Questions Remain
March 30, 2009
Another spring of football begins on Wednesday, and this spring is a bit different from last year. Heading into last season, the Hokies had a quarterback controversy, no wide receivers, new linebackers and no depth on the defensive line, not to mention question marks on the offensive line. Things look much better this year, but some situations still need to be addressed this spring.

Big-Time Athlete Visits VT
March 30, 2009
Virginia Tech was one of three ACC stops last week for Old Mill (Millersville, MD) standout athlete Josh Furman, who also visited Duke and North Carolina. The 6-1 1/2, 195-pound junior had never visited Virginia Tech before, but he did have some interest in the program prior to last week's experience.
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