Virginia Tech’s 15th annual football team media day shed light on many unanswered questions, as well as possible position changes for the upcoming season.
The event began around noon with a press conference where head coach Frank Beamer welcomed the media and opened with his impressions of his team thus far.
“I’ve really been pleased so far with how we’ve practiced. I’ve been pleased with the leadership of our kids,” Beamer said.
The floor was then opened for questions, a majority of which centered on the uncertainty at key positions.
“We certainly have a lot of question marks still on our team; it’s just how many of those can we get solved and feel good about before we open up with a team like Alabama,” Beamer said.
The defensive players selected for the press conference included seniors Kyle Fuller, Jack Tyler, Derrick Hopkins and James Gayle, and addressed what the uncertainties on offense meant for them.
“No pressure, just opportunity. We have the opportunity to hold our team until the offense is ready to come up to speed,” said defensive tackle Derrick Hopkins. He continued, “they will (come up to speed) as time goes on and they practice more. They will start to match.”
Defensive coordinator Bud Foster followed the defensive players and had several questions to answer concerning who would replace Exum.
“Really I think we’ve got two outstanding prospects with Brandon Facyson and Kendall Fuller. Those two are battling right now for the number one corner going into this first game until we get (Exum) back.”
As depth charts continue to switch around during camp, there is evident competition for more than just the cornerback position.
Offensive lineman Andrew Miller, quarterback Logan Thomas, tailback Trey Edmunds and tailback JC Coleman were the offensive players selected to follow Coach Foster at the press conference.
“I feel like everyone in the running back run is able to come out and make exceptional plays. I feel we all work hard in practice every day and we all get after it and we all push each other and we help each other learn,” Edmunds said.
Despite the question marks and unsettled positions, one thing has been made clear: this is Thomas’s team. Hokie fans and spectators should prepare to see a more “take charge” quarterback this year.
“I just kind of realized that its time to step up. (Coach Loeffler) was extra motivation for me to start doing so,” Thomas said.
The football team wrapped up the day with a scrimmage Saturday night.
The Hokies have two more weeks of camp and two more scrimmages before they face the two-time national defending champion Alabama in the Georgia Dome for the Chick-fil-A College Kick Off game on August 31.