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11/27/18 - (DT) - Ricky Walker, rSr, 6-2, 297
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, 297
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, 297
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 - (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.

09/04/18 - (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

07/10/18 - (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.

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 - (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 - (OG) - 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.

02/27/18 - (OLB) - *Tremaine Edmunds, Jr, 6-4, 253
2018 NFL Combine: Must-see Prospects per Position: S Tremaine Edmunds, Virginia Tech, 6-2, 220, 4.58...Currently ranked 6th among SSs, 148th overall and a 4th-5th round value...Overshadowed by his younger brother (projected first-round linebacker Tremaine) at Virginia Tech, Edmunds could steal back some of the spotlight in Indianapolis, demonstrating the combination of size, strength and speed that have some scouts comparing him to another former Hokie -- Seahawks' four-time Pro Bowl strong safety Kam Chancellor -- the biggest (and hardest-hitting) safety of his respective class, just like Edmunds. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

02/27/18 - (DT) - *Tim Settle, rSo, 6-3, 329
2018 NFL Combine: Prospects Who Need to Measure Up: Tim Settle, DT, Virginia Tech...A large human being, Settle is listed at 335 pounds, but his playing weight was north of 340 pounds. He is expected to be closer to 325 after training. His weight fluctuation will be a talking point for scouts when discussing the former Hokie. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

02/26/18 - (OLB) - *Tremaine Edmunds, Jr, 6-4, 253
LB Tremaine Edmunds from Virginia Tech is projected as the ninth pick in the NFL Draft by NFLDraftScout.com's Dane Brugler, who writes: "A versatile linebacker, Edmunds can rush off the edge or play any of the linebacker positions in the 49ers' defense, giving the coaches options. He would also provide San Francisco with insurance in case Reuben Foster can't stay on the field, either because of injury or off-field issues."

01/20/18 - (DT) - *Tim Settle, rSo, 6-3, 329
NFL Early Entries: College Winners and Losers: Loser -- VIRGINIA TECH: It wasn't a shock that fast-rising linebacker Tremaine Edmunds, a sure-fire first-rounder, left for the NFL, but so did his brother, safety Terrell Edmunds (whose stock is more of the day-two variety). Another big piece of coordinator Bud Foster's defense departed -- defensive tackle Tim Settle, who emerged as a force with 12.5 tackles for loss this season before forgoing his final two years of eligibility. - Anthony Gimino, The Sports Xchange

12/19/17 - (WR) - Cam Phillips, Sr, 6-0, 201
Virginia Tech wide receiver Cam Phillips underwent sports hernia surgery and will miss the Camping World Bowl against Oklahoma State, the school announced Tuesday. Phillips is the school's all-time leader in receptions (236) and receiving yards (3,027). The senior also had 17 touchdowns in his career for the Hokies (9-3), who will face the Cowboys (9-3) on Dec. 28. "While we're disappointed that Cam won't be able to compete in the bowl game, hopefully he enjoys a speedy recovery as he prepares for the next step of his football journey," Virginia Tech coach Justin Fuente said. "We appreciate Cam's many contributions and accomplishments during his career at Virginia Tech and wish him the very best." Phillips led the team in catches (71), yards (964) and touchdowns (seven) this season for the Hokies, who could turn their attention to wideout Sean Savoy versus the Cowboys. The freshman was second on the team with 454 receiving yards. - The Sports Xchange

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