Tag:Sean Bielawski
Posted on: October 24, 2011 11:50 am
Edited on: October 24, 2011 11:54 am
 

Virginia Tech MLB Taylor done for season (foot)

Posted by Chip Patterson

Virginia Tech has maintained a steady improvement throughout the season, suffering their only loss at the hands of No. 6 Clemson earlier in the season. But injuries have continued to pile up for the Hokies, particularly on the defensive side of the ball. On Monday the school announced that redshirt junior linebacker Bruce Taylor will miss the rest of the season after suffering a sprain in his right foot during Saturday's 30-14 victory over Boston College.

CBSSports.com's Sean Bielawski notes that Taylor is the third defensive starter in the front seven to suffer a season ending injury, outside linebacker Jeron Geouveia-Winslow suffered the same foot injury in his left foot while defensive tackle Antoine Hopkins injured his right knee earlier in the season. Taylor leads the team in tackles and is second in sacks, he is expected to be replaced in the starting lineup by redshirt freshman Barquell Rivers.

Pulling together this banged up defense for the home stretch will be a challenge for Frank Beamer and defensive coordinator Bud Foster. With Georgia Tech losing at Miami over the weekend, the Hokies control their own destiny in the ACC Coastal Division. If they can win out, they'll earn a trip back to Charlotte for the ACC title game - likely a rematch with Clemson. But left on Virginia Tech's schedule are four division opponents, and a Thursday night game against Georgia Tech in Atlanta. The front seven will need to show their depth in the coming weeks, as they face some of the more physical rushing attacks in the conference.

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Posted on: October 21, 2011 10:22 am
Edited on: October 21, 2011 10:29 am
 

Virginia Tech CB Hosley (hamstring) doubtful

Posted by Chip Patterson

It took a while for the Hokies to to hit their stride, but Virginia Tech seems to be putting the pieces together for another ACC title run in 2011. However, one item of concern moving forward is the health of All-ACC cornerback Jayron Hosley.

Hosley injured his hamstring last week in practice, and after aggravating it against Wake Forest is listed as doubtful on the Hokies injury report. CBSSports.com's Sean Bielawski reports that Hosley's recovery plan is to take it slow, and the star cornerback said he wants to be 100 percent before returning to the field.

Redshirt freshman Detrick Bonner would be the next man up if Hosley does miss Saturday's showdown with Boston College in Blacksburg. In addition to cornerback, Hosley is also one of the league's best punt returners. Senior wide receiver Danny Coale is expected to be the next man up at that position.

If there's a point in Virginia Tech's schedule for Hosley to take it easy with his recovery, now is the time. The Hokies face Boston College, Duke, and then have an off-week to prepare for a Thursday night showdown with Georgia Tech in Atlanta. The way Virginia Tech has been playing, they shouldn't need the talented corner on the field until Nov. 10.

Hosley has been a difference-maker since breaking out in 2010, with 12 interceptions in the last 20 games. The Hokies schedule is backloaded with division opponents, and they will need to be playing their best football down the stretch to secure their fourth Coastal Division title in five years.

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Posted on: August 10, 2011 3:30 pm
Edited on: August 10, 2011 3:32 pm
 

Seen/Heard at Camp: Virginia Tech

Posted by Chip Patterson

Training camp is underway in college football, with teams all over the country getting a better idea of what to expect from the upcoming season. Along with the help of CBSSports.com's Rapid Reporters, here is a collection of recent observations from Virginia Tech.

- The Hokies, who seem to be dealing with injuries at key positions every year, got bitten again early with All-ACC offensive lineman Blake DeChristopher straining his left pectoral. DeChristopher's expected recovery time was initially announced as 4-6 weeks, which would make him available sometime in September. DeChristopher was already back on the practice field this week, but wearing a blue non-contact jersey. Running back Dominique Patterson is out "a couple weeks" with a sprained ankle, quarterback Mark Leal (groin) and wide receiver D.J. Coles (hamstring) have been held out of practice and are "doubtful" for Saturday's scrimmage.

One point of concern from the injury reports are in regards to star cornerback Jayron Hosley. Hosley participated in Tuesday's practice, but was wearing a non-contact jersey. CBSSports.com's Sean Bielawski reports that the injury is "not considered serious." [Rapid Reports]

- Speaking of Hosely, his presence on the field will be a necessity for the Hokies defense. The lockdown corner is coming off a fantastic 2010 campaign, and will have an impact when every opposing quarterback drops back to pass. First-year starting cornerback Kyle Fuller knows that playing opposite Hosley will lead to plenty of looks his way.

"Teams aren't going to want to throw to Jayron [Hosley]," Fuller said. "So I think I'm going to have a lot of opportunities to make some plays this year." [Rapid Reports]

- Obviously the top question for the offense for many is how Logan Thomas will perform stepping in to a position that ACC Player of the Year Tyrod Taylor had his hands on for four years. Beamer offered some early comparison that should encourage doubting Hokie fans.

"I think he's got a lot of the same qualities as Tyrod," Beamer said. "I think he's smart. He's competitive. He works hard. I think he's a very natural leader, great character. So, he's got a lot of the same things as Tyrod, except about four inches taller." [Rapid Reports]

- Beamer also weighed in on the Twitter debate, explaining why he will not follow the likes of Boise State, South Carolina, and Kansas in banning Twitter use during the season.

"I think you educate your kids, and then they're responsible for their actions," Beamer said. "People have got to make good decisions. Part of us as coaches is to help kids get to the position where ether make good decisions." [Rapid Reports]

For more daily updates from Virginia Tech training camp follow Sean Bielawski's Rapid Reports and the ACC Blog.
 
 
 
 
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