Virginia Tech News and Notes
Now, all of the sudden, a position of considerable depth in 2012 (if not one with a star player) is essentially barren, with only walk-ons behind the injured Vandyke on the depth chart, none of which have gotten many reps at the position in game situations. So what are the options available to the Hokies in Vandyke's absence?
UPDATE: 8/19 ACCORDING TO AN E-MAIL FROM VIRGINIA TECH'S ASSOCIATE AD FOR FOOTBALL OPERATIONS, JOHN BALLEIN, AFTER TALKING IT OVER WITH COACH BEAMER AGAIN MONDAY, COREY WILL BE TAKING SOME PERSONAL...
Logan Thomas looked sharp at times, and despite his statistics, only had two or three bad passes today. Granted he threw two interceptions, but the first interception was picked off on a diving catch by Facyson, who has been outstanding since arriving on campus in January.
Coleman, who said he is at about 60 percent, suffered two sprained ankles on the same play last week.
Alabama News and Notes
Smith must complete some tasks for Saban to be reinstated and then work his way back up the depth chart. During that time Williams could establish himself. "We’re excited about it," Saban said of Williams’ opportunity. "He really feels comfortable and confident in what he’s doing. He’s playing in nickel and dime and also in safety, so he’s got a lot of multiple roles on the team and he’s really done a good job."
Foster passes for a veteran even if he doesn't quite play like one just yet. The 6-foot-1, 244-pound middle linebacker is physically impressive. His instincts jump off the page, and once he lines a player up, look out. He'll flatten a ball carrier, smile, help him off the ground, then run back to the huddle laughing. That's Foster. University of Alabama coach Nick Saban said Foster's reps have increased throughout fall camp. In coach-speak, that means Foster has a chance to earn a contributing role on the team.
The same offensive line that paved the way for nearly 1,200 yards over the final four games surrendered six sacks against Western Kentucky and managed less than 4 yards per carry against Ole Miss. "Every year that’s something that happens," said Steen, Alabama's senior right guard. "The season starts, you get to know each other a little better, get the feel of everyone around you and everything starts to click and we all get along with each other."
Sorry folks, didn't have time for commentary today.