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Hokie Football Ready To Rebound In 2013

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Five players are reportedly leaving the Virginia Tech football team: Cornerbacks Donaldven Manning and Davion Tookes, defensive lineman Jarontay Jones, and offensive linemen Jake Goins and Adam Taraschke.  

Of the five, only Manning was on the Hokies' two-deep depth chart, as the sophomore DB is listed as co-number-one for one of the cornerback spots.  

After an offseason dominated by offensive changes, Virginia Tech football returned to the practice field this week, with hopes to turn it all around after finishing 2012 with a record of 7-6, making it the program's worst season 20 years.  

Senior offensive lineman Andrew Miller says, "It's unacceptable in any means. That's what we've been working for all summer. To get better. Lets not let that happen again."

The Virginia Tech Football team still has a sour taste in their mouth from their 2012 season, but are only looking forward as they gear up to take on two-time defending national champion, Alabama in their season opener.  

Head coach Frank Beamer says, "It's not often you get to play the best team in the country so there's some challenges in that regard."  

Defensive Coordinator Bud Foster says, "Alabama is not a make or break game for us. Alabama will be a measuring stick for where we are, and we're gonna find out a lot of questions."  

The Hokie Football staff has many question marks not only on the defensive end, but on the offensive end.

In the backfield, J.C. Coleman and redshirt freshman Trey Edmonds are duking it for the starting running back position.  

Coleman says, "That's nothing we're here to really think about. We're just going out there and doing our job. Whatever the coaches say, that's what we're gonna do."  

Meanwhile, star cornerback, Antone Exum, whose been out with an injured knee will not be ready for the team's season opener.  

With three additions to the offensive coaching staff, quarterback Logan Thomas says he's ready to anchor the offense, and new offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler even said he wished he could coach Thomas forever.  

Thomas says, "Thrilled to have the opportunity to do so. Working alongside these guys has been an honor."  

Loeffler adds, "I wish to goodness I could coach him the rest of my career. I love being around him... I absolutely really, really enjoy working with him. He's a delight."  

A different Virginia Tech Football team that's only looking at the positives and more than ready to take down Alabama August 31st.

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