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August 11, 2009

News & Notes

By: Jimmy Robertson

Tech to meet Boise State at FedEx Field

Virginia Tech’s 2010 football schedule incurred some changes recently, as the Hokies took advantage of another opportunity to play at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. Tech will be playing Boise State in a non-conference match-up on Oct. 2, 2010.
The game will be the first football meeting between the two schools. The Hokies will be the home team for the game, with the television rights belonging to the ACC.

Tech played the University of Southern California at FedEx Field in the 2004 Black Coaches Association Football Classic. The top-ranked Trojans won that game 24-13.

As a result of this game, Tech will not be playing Syracuse next year. The Orangemen wanted out of the series, which called for a game at Syracuse and a game in Blacksburg the following year (2011). Tech announced that Arkansas State agreed to fill the void in 2011.

(For more on Jim Weaver’s comments regarding the changes, please check out the Q&A with Weaver in this issue.)

D. Taylor breaks all-time mark

Tech defensive tackle Demetrius Taylor made the most of his final campaign in the strength and conditioning program, setting the program’s all-time mark in the push jerk with a lift of 410 pounds in recent summer testing. That lift ties the previous mark set by Will Montgomery in 2005. Since Taylor’s body weight is less than Montgomery’s, Taylor moves to the top of the list.

Taylor, a 6-foot, 274-pound redshirt senior from Virginia Beach, Va., also made it into the top 10 on the Hokies’ all-time list in two other categories. He recorded a 475-pound bench press and a 380-pound power clean. These marks rank seventh and sixth, respectively, on the all-time list.

For good measure, he also broke his own position record in the front squat category. His 465-pound lift in the front squat edged out his former record of 460. Taylor will leave with four position records.

Taylor earned Super Iron Hokie honors in the strength and conditioning program this summer, the top honor in the program (ahead of Iron Hokie, Hokie, Orange and Maroon). He was one of 11 players to earn Super Iron status.

More from the weight room

In all, 39 players earned some sort of honor in Mike Gentry’s strength and conditioning program following summer testing. In addition to Taylor, Blake DeChristopher, Josh Oglesby, Joey Phillips, Danny Coale, Marcus Davis, Tyrod Taylor, Jake Johnson, Barquell Rivers, Ron Cooper and Dorian Porch earned Super Iron Hokie honors.

Thirteen position records fell, and three more players – in addition to Taylor – broke into the top 10 all time in certain categories. DeChristopher recorded a 395-pound push jerk, and Ed Wang had a 390-pound push jerk. Those two lifts rank sixth and eighth all time on the program’s mark. Also, Marcus Davis recorded a 42.5-inch leap in the vertical jump, a mark that ranks second on the all-time list behind Pierson Prioleau’s 43.5-inch mark set in 1997.

Here is a look at the top five in each category:

Sergio Render (480)
Demetrius Taylor (475)
Jake Johnson (425)
Steven Friday (425)
John Graves (410)

Blake DeChristopher (470)
Demetrius Taylor (465)
Greg Boone (465)
Kwamaine Battle (455)
Kenny Jefferson (450)

Demetrius Taylor (380)
Jake Johnson (373)
Greg Nosal (370)
Kwamaine Battle (356)
Jaymes Brooks (356)

Demetrius Taylor (410)
Blake DeChristopher (395)
Ed Wang (390)
Kenny Jefferson (380)
Barquell Rivers (375)

Marcus Davis (42.5)
Dorian Porch (41)
Patrick Terry (40.5)
Ron Cooper (40.5)
Tyrod Taylor (38.5)

Marcus Davis (1.59)
Danny Coale (1.65)
Brandon Dillard (1.69)
Dyrell Roberts (1.69)
Kam Chancellor (1.69)

Wilson headlines freshmen testing

Incoming recruit David Wilson from Danville, Va., headlined the freshmen testing, taking top honors in the 40-yard dash, the 10-yard sprint and the vertical jump. Wilson, a 5-9, 194-pound tailback, ran a 4.33 in the 40 and a 1.66 in the 10, and he recorded a 39-inch vertical jump.

Here is a look at the top five in each category tested:

David Wilson (4.33)
D.J. Coles (4.44)
Jerrodd Williams (4.44)
Nubian Peak (4.45)
Jayron Hosley (4.45)

David Wilson (39)
James Hopper (36.5)
D.J. Coles (35.5)
Nubian Peak (35.5)
Logan Thomas (34.5)

David Wang (400)
Telvion Clark (370)
Andrew Miller (360)
James Gayle (350)
Lanford Collins (330)

David Wilson (1.66)
Wiley Brown (1.71)
Antone Exum (1.73)
Jayron Hosley (1.73)
D.J. Coles (1.74)