Odds n' ends from Blacksburg: Practice cheat sheet

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

It was nice to finally watch some football again Monday, talk to players and coaches, and there's MUCH more to come this month as I trek all over the ACC.

A few odds 'n ends from practice before I head out ...

* As a reporter, you don't usually get handed a practice plan complete with a personnel roster. Wanna know what the Hokies really did today?

Here are a few things you won't understand (hopefully):

  • Tags/pinch (defensive linemen)

  • Dallas (inside linebackers)

  • Hand Violence (defensive linemen)

  • Punch and machine gun (offensive linemen)

  • Blaster (running backs)

Here are a few things that should sound vaguely familiar:

  • Four full gassers (wide receivers)

  • Drops (quarterbacks)

  • Routes (quarterbacks)

  • 1-on-1 (wide receivers)

  • Kick (I won't insult your intelligence here)

* Frank Beamer said he travels with three running backs, so ideally, that's the number he'd like to cut it down to. There was a whole entire team of them out there Monday, including Jahre Cheeseman, Kenny Lewis Jr., Darren Evans, Josh Oglesby, Dustin Pickle and Ryan Williams.

* Sean Glennon is ready for the staff to start narrowing down the receivers. He said he threw to about four or five different guys for the first time today. Beamer said he liked what he saw from Dyrell Roberts, Marcus Davis and Ervin Garner, who showed some speed.

The guy who has been the most impressive, though, is the mild-mannered Danny Coale, a redshirt freshman. He said he feels "a lot more comfortable" than he was a year ago.

"I just try and attack each day and get better each day. If breaking away [from the group] is what happens then it happens," he said. "... There's always going to be competition. You're always going to have that sense of urgency and someone breathing down your neck, which is great because it makes you bring your best every day."

With their top four receivers from a year ago gone, the Hokies will certainly need it.