Today was another hot and muggy practice. There wasn’t a whole lot of cloud cover, so there was nowhere to hide from the hot sun. Because more of the same is expected for tomorrow, Tuesday will be a morning practice. It should be the first day in full pads as well. Monday’s practice was still shoulder pads and shorts.
Here is a portion for today's practice report.
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18. As mentioned on the boards already, freshman walk-on running back (#43) Tyler Evans saw several reps today with some injuries at the RB position. At 5’8”, 179, he was the smallest one out there but he’s a real water bug. He made some nice moves but also would have been hit very hard a few times if it were completely live. Michael Johnson was there a couple of times to put a nice lick on him.
19. Laurence Marius, a.k.a. Poppy, continues to impress the coaching staff. He made a nice interception on Monday and the coaches continue to put him into more and more situations to get a feeling for what he can possibly do for Tech this coming season. There seems to be a good chance that he can break into the depth chart at corner, if he keeps up his good play.
20. Gary Guyton tells me he is at 240 right now. He says he came to school at 230, then dropped baby fat and got down to as low as 220 at one point before building back to his current state. So he’s now 20 pounds more of bad arse linebacker. He is noticeably bigger too if you get anywhere close to him. Another Hiver reminded him of the Virginia Tech hit he made on the kickoff back a year or two ago and Guyton says he’s looking to make some more highlights this year!
21. Jake Blackwood has held his own at practice. He batted down a ball today despite basically playing with just one hand. He has heavy bandaging on the other.