Virginia Tech Football Live Update
Virginia Tech football live update: The Hokies are looking to bounce back from last weekend's loss to the West Virginia Mountaineers, but they aren't doing well in the early going. It's the Mountaineers first game under new head coach Brent Pry, and the Hokie defense is having trouble getting on track.
West Virginia Mountaineers
The West Virginia Mountaineers are on a three-and-out, and the team's defense is struggling to keep pace with the offense. However, the West Virginia sideline is dying to snap the ball. Thankfully, the offense is getting more plays from the wide receivers, and the Mountaineers lead by seven points. But, before the West Virginia Mountaineers can move the ball on offense, they have to get past Towson's defense.
The Mountaineers are 0-2-1 against FCS teams, and this game will be no different. Sean Martin will start in place of Taijh Alston at defensive end, and JMU transfer Wesley McCormick will start at cornerback. However, the team will be without preseason All-Big 12 pick Charles Woods, who underwent surgery this week. It is unclear if he will return to the field this season.
The West Virginia Mountaineers play their home games at Milan Puskar Stadium on the campus of WVU. This stadium can hold about 60,000 fans. A pregame ritual known as the Mountaineer Mantrip honors the state's coal industry and begins two hours and twenty minutes before kickoff. This walk begins at the northeast gate of the stadium and takes the team past the Light Blue Lots.
Brent Pry's first game as head coach
In his first game as Virginia Tech football head coach, Brent Pry will take his team on the road to take on the Old Dominion Monarchs. The game will mark Pry's debut at the helm of the Hokies and will serve as Old Dominion's Sun Belt Conference debut. Pry is a former player who spent the last eight years as a high school coach. He has coached with James Franklin, and he will now take over the job at Virginia Tech.
While the offense has yet to be drafted, Pry said the team's focus in spring camp is on developing the right players. In particular, the offensive line needs to be improved and the wide receivers need to be established. The running back position is also a priority. Malachi Thomas is expected to start at running back, while converted quarterback Connor Blumrick will be the focus of the defense.
Virginia Tech defense struggles in early going
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The Virginia Tech offense has struggled in the early going, but the Hokies are out to exact revenge for their loss to the Mountaineers last week. The Hokies are playing in a sold-out Lane Stadium, which offers one of the best atmospheres in college football. A lopsided early lead for the Hokies would be the ultimate nightmare for Mountaineers fans.