SAME OLD DISRESPECT
The Virginia Tech Hokies aren’t oblivious to what’s going on around them. The team hears the talking heads and reads the stories. They’ve seen the betting spread, and it all says the same thing: Tech doesn’t stand a chance.
“I can’t really say the truth, but I’m tired of it,” said Hokies defensive end James Gayle when asked if he was tired of hearing how good the Crimson Tide is. “We’re a good team also. They’re coming off a strong season last year with the national championship so respect should be given. I just don’t feel like we’re getting much on our end.”
Gayle continued on to say that the lack of respect has really fired the team up.
“It definitely motivates us,” Gayle said. “We had a down season last year but we’re still Virginia Tech.”
COLEMAN ON THE MEND
Running backs coach Shane Beamer said on Tuesday around noon he didn’t think there was any chance J.C. Coleman, who has been out for two weeks with injuries to both ankles, was going to play in the season opener.
During practice Beamer was far more optimistic however, but was concerned that while Coleman has learned the new offense from being in team meetings, he hasn’t been able to get out and practice.
“(Alabama isn’t) someone that you just want to throw out there when you haven’t practiced in two weeks,” Beamer said.
Coleman remained positive that he would be ready for Saturday’s game though.
“Today, I was able to do pretty much everything,” Coleman said. “I was doing a lot of footwork drills. Everything just felt good, for the most part.”
Should Coleman be ruled out for Saturday’s contest, the top three backs on Tech’s depth chart — Trey Edmunds, Chris Mangus and Jerome Wright — will all be dressing for their first collegiate game.
LET’S GET LOUD
Toward the top of the list of concerns for offensive line coach Jeff Grimes is how his unit, particularly the less experienced players, will respond to the hostile, loud crowd in the Georgia Dome on Saturday.
“I’m sure our fans will show up and they’ll be really loud as well, but I know Alabama will have enough people there that it will be a challenge,” Grimes said. “We’re preparing for that. We’re ready for it to be a situation that we’re not going to be able to hear and we’ll have to just be able to handle it.”
He added that increased communication was just about the only way to combat that issue.
The Hokies used artificial crowd noise at practice Tuesday night in an attempt to simulate game-like situations.