All Virginia Tech football workouts this spring will be closed to the public except for a scrimmage on April 6 and the spring game.
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
BLACKSBURG -- When one of Virginia Tech's quarterbacks rolled out leisurely after a handoff, new offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler jumped in immediately to correct Wednesday, "This isn't half speed," he yelled, a motto for the day.
It was a spirited first practice of the spring for the Hokies. In the cramped quarters of the Rector Field House, Virginia Tech conducted a two-hour practice, the first of 15 in the next 3½ weeks.
"We need 14 more just like it," head coach Frank Beamer said. "Great effort, great enthusiasm, a sense of urgency.
"Usually the first day, and particularly when you're calling some new things and have some new stuff in, you've got guys going everywhere and can't figure it out. I thought it was good from an operation [standpoint] and being efficient."
Loeffler, along with new offensive line coach Jeff Grimes and receivers coach Aaron Moorehead, appeared to fit in seamlessly with the existing Hokies' staff, not holding back from making sure things were done their way.
Loeffler was the most vocal of the three, urging a quick pace and making sure the smallest of things - even how Virginia Tech huddled - was done to his satisfaction.
"Everybody's got to be themselves," Beamer said. "I think you coach who you are. That's who they are, and I'm pleased with the way it went."
Of the Hokies' 15 practices, fans will only have two opportunities to see them in person. Tech has an open scrimmage at Lane Stadium on April 6 at 2:45 p.m. and the spring game April 20 at 3 p.m. Admission is free to both.