11/27/18 - (DT) - Ricky Walker, rSr, 6-2, 300 DT Ricky Walker, the only senior starter on defense, is finishing with a flourish. He was named ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week for his performance against Virginia -- seven tackles, two for loss, a quarterback hurry and a forced fumble. He has 43 tackles, including 9.5 for loss, and projects as a late-round pick.
11/27/18 - (DT) - Ricky Walker, rSr, 6-2, 300 NOV 26 ACC DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Ricky Walker, Virginia Tech, Sr., DT; Hampton, Va.,...Walker had seven tackles, including two for loss, one QB hurry and one forced fumble in Virginia Tech's 34-31 overtime victory over Virginia on Friday night ... Walker's seven stops ranked second on the team ... With UVA driving early in the second quarter, Walker forced a fumble at Tech's own 12-yard line that was recovered by LB Dax Hollifield ... Assisted on a tackle for loss at the Hokies' 11-yard line late in the fourth quarter that helped hold UVA to a field goal later in the drive. - ACC Football
11/24/18 - (QB) - Ryan Willis, rJr, 6-3, 223 Brian Johnson kicked a 42-yard field goal in overtime and Virginia Tech pulled out the wildest victory in its 100 meetings with Virginia, 34-31 on Friday night. The Hokies won their 15th in a row in the series and kept alive their hopes for a 26th consecutive bowl appearance. Virginia Tech (5-6, 4-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) tied the game on a fumble that went into the end zone, through the hands of a Cavaliers defender and was covered by Hezekiah Grimsley with 1:51 remaining. They won it when, after Johnson's field goal made it 34-31 in the first overtime, the Cavaliers botched a handoff from Bryce Perkins to Jordan Ellis at the Hokies' 14 and Emmanual Belmar recovered. That set off a wild celebration as the Hokies' signature "Enter Sandman" entrance song rang out through Lane Stadium with fans who braved sub-zero wild chills from the start sang along celebrating the most unlikely victory by either team in the 100th installment of the rivalry. The Cavaliers (7-5, 4-4) trailed 14-0 at halftime, but scored touchdowns on their first four possessions of the second half. They went ahead with 6:51 to play when Perkins hit Hasise Dubois for 29 yards. A 28-yard field goal by Brian Delaney made it 31-24 with 2:41 left. - AP College Football
11/20/18 - (DT) - Ricky Walker, rSr, 6-2, 300 DT Ricky Walker has 36 tackles this season, including 7.5 for loss, as the only senior starter on defense. Walker made 41 tackles, including 12.5 for loss and 4.5 sacks, as a junior when he had more help. Walker is likely a late-round prospect. "The day he walked in the door, I knew he was going to be a special player and a special person," said defensive coordinator Bud Foster. "He's proven that since he's been here."
10/14/18 - (QB) - Ryan Willis, rJr, 6-3, 223 Ryan Willis threw the go-ahead 1-yard touchdown to Dalton Keene with 19 seconds to help Virginia Tech beat North Carolina 22-19 on Saturday night. The Hokies (4-2, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) were on the verge of going down two scores with about 6 minutes left when they forced Michael Carter into a fumble as he neared the goal line. That started a 98-yard drive, which included a fourth-and-9 conversion, to snatch away a win despite being outplayed most of the way. "That last drive," Keene said, "was really incredible."
The Tar Heels (1-4, 1-2) outgained the Hokies 522-375 yet committed a dizzying array of mistakes that all but gave the game away. Carter's fumble stood out, but there was also a dropped wide-open deep ball by Dazz Newsome for what should've been an 85-yard second-quarter score and Nathan Elliott missing a completely-alone Anthony Ratliff-Williams with a bad throw on what should've been a 17-yard TD in the third. "Give them the credit, they made the plays when they had to and they got it done," UNC coach Larry Fedora said, adding: "We just didn't make enough plays to win the football game. And we had a lot of opportunities." - AP College Football
10/10/18 - (DB) - Devon Hunter, , 6-1, 204 LB Devon Hunter, a sophomore, will redshirt after playing the first four games of the season and then sitting out last week's game against Notre Dame while the coaches evaluated his future. Under a new NCAA rule, a player can play up to four games and still save a year of eligibility as a redshirt.
10/10/18 - (WR) - Damon Hazelton, rSo, 6-1, 222 WR Damon Hazelton, a transfer from Ball State, had 12 catches for 131 yards against Notre Dame last week. It was his third 100-yard receiving game of the season and the fourth of his career. He has a receiving touchdown in his last five games, tying Isaiah Ford's program record.
10/08/18 - (WR) - Damon Hazelton, rSo, 6-1, 222 OCT 8 ACC CO-RECEIVER OF THE WEEK: Damon Hazelton, Virginia Tech, So., WR, Baltimore, Md.,...Hazelton had 12 receptions for 131 yards, including a three-yard touchdown catch vs. No. 6 Notre Dame on Saturday night ... Has now caught a touchdown in five consecutive games, tying Isiah Ford's program record ... Hazelton's 12 catches tied his career high set versus Toledo in 2016, when he played as a freshman at Ball State ... The 12 catches night also tied for the second-most by an ACC player in a game this season ... Hazelton's three 100-yard receiving games on the season are tied for the most in the ACC. - ACC Football
10/01/18 - (QB) - Ryan Willis, rJr, 6-3, 223 OCT 1 ACC QUARTERBACK OF THE WEEK: Ryan Willis, Virginia Tech, Jr., Overland Park, Kan.,...Willis threw for 332 yards on 17-of-27 passing with three touchdowns in Virginia Tech's 31-14 win at No. 22 Duke...Making his first start since his freshman season at Kansas in 2016, Willis threw for the most passing yards since at least 1987 by a quarterback making his first start as a Hokie...Had a career-high three touchdown passes of 27, 67 and 10 yards...One-yard plunge on a quarterback sneak set up Virginia Tech's final touchdown – a 10-yard strike from Willis to Phil Patterson...All six of Virginia Tech's third-down conversions came via Willis pass completions. - Atlantic Coast Conference Football
10/01/18 - (SS) - Reggie Floyd, Jr, 5-11, 222 OCT 1 ACC DEFENSIVE BACK OF THE WEEK: Reggie Floyd, Virginia Tech, Jr., Rov., Manassas, Va.,...Floyd racked up eight tackles – including a career-high 2.5 tackles for loss – with one interception and a pass breakup in Virginia Tech's 31-14 win at No. 22 Duke on Saturday...His 2.5 TFLs set a career high...First interception of the season and fourth of his career led to a Brian Johnson field goal that gave Tech a 3-0 lead...Solo tackle for loss and a pass breakup helped force a Duke three-and-out in the third quarter. - Atlantic Coast Conference Football
09/24/18 - (QB) - Josh Jackson, rSo, 6-1, 215 Virginia Tech quarterback Josh Jackson has a broken left fibula and will have surgery. Coach Justin Fuente made the announcement Monday. The coach said the surgery will take place Tuesday, but gave no timetable for how long Jackson will be sidelined. Jackson, in his second season as the starter, was injured in the third quarter of the Hokies' 49-35 loss at Old Dominion on Saturday night. Redshirt junior Ryan Willis replaced him and was 9 for 18 for 131 yards with a touchdown pass. He also ran four times for 30 yards. Jackson set Hokies freshmen records last season by throwing for 2,991 yards and 20 touchdowns. He was 36 for 58 for 575 yards with five touchdowns and one interception when he got injured at the end of a 19-yard run. He was carted off the field and returned to the sideline later on crutches and with his leg in a protective boot. Willis, a transfer, started eight games as a freshman and two as a sophomore at Kansas before transferring. - AP College Football
09/24/18 - (DE) - Trevon Hill, rJr, 6-3, 245 DE Trevon Hill has been dismissed from the team, the school announced Sunday.
"After consultation with our coaching staff and administration at Virginia Tech, Trevon Hill has been dismissed from the football team effective immediately for not upholding the high standards that we have for our student-athletes at Virginia Tech," head coach Justin Fuente said. "I will always put the interests of Virginia Tech and our team first no matter how difficult those decisions may be."
It is not immediately known of the circumstances surrounding Hill's dismissal, although The Athletic's Andy Bitter noted that the junior's social media posts after the loss to Old Dominion have been curious.
Hill posted a screenshot of a headline from the Virginian Pilot that pointed out the 632 yards of total offense by ODU was the most in Bud Foster's career as defensive coordinator. Hill then hash-tagged "New Profile Pic" shortly after a tweet refusing to point blame in any direction for the loss.
Hill recorded 11 tackles to go along with team-leading totals in sacks (3 1/2) and tackles for loss (4 1/2) for the Hokies, who were upset by Old Dominion on Saturday.
Hill has collected 20 tackles for loss in his career.
09/08/18 - (QB) - Josh Jackson, rSo, 6-1, 215 Justin Fuente said he was worried how his team would handle a quick turnaround. The No. 12 Hokies had an emotional 24-3 victory at Florida State on Monday night, then had to travel home, operate on insufficient sleep and prepare to play William & Mary on Saturday. He need not have worried. Steven Peoples had two first-half touchdown runs, Josh Jackson threw for one touchdown and ran for another and the Hokies took control early and made quick work of the Tribe in a 62-17 victory Saturday. "It was sometimes challenging and our kids did a really good job with that," Fuente said.
As an added bonus, they took control early enough that he was able to give some young second- and third-team players experience at actual game speed. "That's what you want to have happen," he said. Jackson went to the bench before halftime with the score 31-7, and backup Ryan Willis led a touchdown drive on his first college series. Jackson returned for one second half series, but then Willis and Hendon Hooker finished up behind center, each running for a touchdown. - AP College Football
09/04/18 - (CB) - Caleb Farley, rFr, 6-1, 202 SEPT 3 ACC DEFENSIVE BACK OF THE WEEK: Caleb Farley, Virginia Tech, R-Fr., CB, Hickory, N.C.,...In his first collegiate game, Farley had a sack and two interceptions in Virginia Tech's victory over Florida State - Farley's first career pick came on the first play of a Florida State drive that followed Virginia Tech's punt block returned for a touchdown in the second quarter - His second interception came late in the fourth quarter, securing another time-consuming possession for the Hokies - Farley's first career sack was for a two-yard loss and pinned FSU back to its own 10-yard line - He is the first Virginia Tech player since Greg Stroman versus Liberty in 2016 to register a multi-interception game. - ACC Football
09/04/18 - (ILB) - Rayshard Ashby, So, 5-10, 230 SEPT 3 ACC LINEBACKER OF THE WEEK: Rayshard Ashby, Virginia Tech So., LB, Chesterfield, Va.,...In his first collegiate start, Ashby posted seven tackles, including two tackles for loss, and forced a fumble in Virginia Tech's 24-3 season-opening victory over Florida State - Ashby's forced fumble was the first of his career and led to a Brian Johnson field goal that put the Hokies up 10-0 in the first quarter - Florida State lost 11 yards on Ashby's two tackles for loss. - ACC Football
07/14/18 - (CB) - Mook Reynolds, Sr, 6-0, 191 DB Mook Reynolds was arrested and charged for a marijuana-related offense days after he was released from Virginia Tech, according to a published report. The Roanoke (Va.) Times reported Saturday that Reynolds faces a felony charge for selling and distributing marijuana or for the possession of marijuana with the intent to sell or distribute. Reynolds, who was dismissed from the program on Monday, is scheduled to appear in a district court on July 27. Reynolds recorded 70 tackles last season while playing linebacker and nickel safety for the Hokies.
07/10/18 - (SS) - Adonis Alexander, So, 6-3, 195 CB Adonis Alexander will not have to worry about one issue entering Wednesday's NFL Supplemental Draft. Alexander, one of five players available in the draft, received a clean bill on his drug tests, according to Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network. There have been character concerns surrounding Alexander, who was dismissed from Virginia Tech in May due to academics. Alexander also was arrested on a marijuana-related charge in 2016, but he has passed all of his drug tests over the past eight months, Garafolo reported.
07/10/18 - (CB) - Mook Reynolds, Sr, 6-0, 191 DB Mook Reynolds was dismissed from Virginia Tech for a violation of team rules, the school announced Monday.
"Head coach Justin Fuente indicated on Monday that senior DB Mook Reynolds has been dismissed from the team effective immediately in accordance with Virginia Tech Athletics Department policies," according to a statement from Virginia Tech.
"Reynolds had previously been suspended from all team and football-related activities during the spring semester. There will be no further comment on the matter."
Reynolds recorded 70 tackles last season while playing both linebacker and nickel safety for the Hokies, who also saw defensive back Adonis Alexander removed from the program last month due to academic reasons.
Alexander then made himself eligible for the NFL's supplemental draft after missing out on the 2018 NFL Draft in April.
06/19/18 - (SS) - Adonis Alexander, So, 6-3, 195 CB Adonis Alexander, one of three players available for next month's NFL supplemental draft, will have his pro day Wednesday. Alexander's workout will be attended by 26 NFL teams, according to the NFL Network's Mike Garafolo, who also reported that the cornerback will visit with at least one team on Wednesday. The 6-foot-3, 207-pound Alexander started 15 of 34 games over three seasons at Virginia Tech, recording seven interceptions.
06/08/18 - (QB) - Josh Jackson, rSo, 6-1, 215 Josh Jackson of Virginia Tech is dealing with an academic issue that could affect his eligibility this season, according to multiple media reports.
Jackson, a redshirt sophomore, remains with the team while he awaits word from the university about any potential discipline. There has been no speculation about what the problem might be. Jackson's father, Fred, told The Richmond Times-Dispatch that a resolution is expected soon. "We'll know more in two days," Fred Jackson said. "It's too early to talk about this." Jackson started all 13 games for the Hokies last season, passing for 2,991 yards and 20 touchdowns. He is the only quarterback on the roster who has taken snaps in a game for the Hokies.
06/08/18 - (SS) - Adonis Alexander, So, 6-3, 195 CB Adonis Alexander is entering the NFL's supplemental draft, according to his agent. Alexander, who was dismissed from Virginia Tech last month, will hold a pro day at the school on June 20, agent Andy Ross posted on his Twitter account.
06/06/18 - (SS) - Adonis Alexander, So, 6-3, 195 CB Adonis Alexander is expected to the NFL's supplemental draft.
06/01/18 - (SS) - Adonis Alexander, So, 6-3, 195 CB Adonis Alexander is longer with the team, Virginia Tech announced. Alexander was dismissed from the team due to academics, the Roanoke (Va.) Times reported, citing a source. He has missed three games in his career due to suspensions, one related to marijuana, according to the newspaper.
03/14/18 - (OLB) - *Tremaine Edmunds, Jr, 6-4, 253 On a rather frosty March mid-week morning, a large contingent of former Virginia Tech football players showed up for job interviews at the Hokies' weight room and also the Indoor Practice Facility. The headliner of the morning - and the reason why NFL personnel from all 32 teams attended - was linebacker Tremaine Edmunds, whose play this past fall enabled him to earn All-America honors and whose performance at the NFL Scouting Combine a few weeks ago drew rave reviews. Edmunds, who decided to forgo his final season at Tech and make himself available for the NFL Draft, ran a 4.54-second 40 at the Combine, while recording 19 reps of 225 pounds in the bench press and registering a broad jump of 117 inches. All that, of course, while checking in at 6-foot-5 and weighing 253 pounds. As a result of his performance at the Combine, Edmunds elected not to repeat any of those strength and conditioning tests. Instead, he only performed linebacker-specific drills.
"I just wanted to come out and display some of my talents," Edmunds said afterward. "Display what I've been working on, and show these coaches, show these scouts and everyone that came out, my abilities. "It's all been good. It's a process that you don't get back in life, so you've got to enjoy every bit of it. That's exactly what I've been doing. The good thing about it is that I get to do it with my brother [Terrell]. That makes it 10 times better." Many, if not nearly all, draft prognosticators - several with NFL experience - project Edmunds as a first-round pick. The first-team All-ACC choice led the Hokies in tackles with 109 and tackles for a loss with 14 this past fall, while also finishing tied for the lead in sacks with 5.5. - Virginia Tech Football
03/10/18 - (C) - Kyle Chung, rSr, 6-2, 310 RT Kyle Chung announced he is returning for a sixth season of eligibility this year. "Ya boy officially got the 6th year of eligibility," Chung posted on Instagram on Saturday. Chung redshirted in 2013 to recover from a torn labrum. He appeared in just one game in 2014 before having another surgery after the season. He returned to play in four games in 2015, six in 2016 and started all 13 games in 2017.