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  Braxton Burmeister threw for one touchdown, caught a pass for another and Virginia Tech ran for 320 yards Saturday night and beat Virginia 29-24. Burmeister, who also ran for 115 yards, hit Tayvion Robinson for a 61-yard touchdown and caught a 3-yard pass from Robinson on a double-reverse as the Hokies (6-6, 4-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) won for the 17th time in the last 18 meetings. They also achieved bowl eligibility for the 28th time in 29 years.

Virginia (6-6, 4-4), limited to three second-half points, drove to the Virginia Tech 9 after recovering a fumble with just over 3 minutes left, but Brennan Armstrong's pass to Ra'Shaun Henry in the end zone on fourth-and 13 from the 14 with 35 seconds left fell incomplete, capping a wild final few minutes. When it was over, Hokies fans stormed the field, surrounding their team. Raheem Blackshear lead the Hokies ground attack with 169 yards on 18 carries, including a 50-yarder, and Burmeister got his on just 12, including a 71-yard burst. The Hokies had three plays that covered at least 50 yards. Oddly, in a game where both teams approached 500 yards of offense, Burmeister was stopped at the 3 on his long run and the Hokies failed to score, backup quarterback Connor Blumrick's fourth-down pass falling incomplete. - Virginia Tech/AP College Football


(DS#19 QB) rSr/2022 QB Braxton BurmeisterVirginia Tech
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  NOV 15 ACC RUNNING BACK OF THE WEEK: Raheem Blackshear, Virginia Tech, Jr., RB, Philadelphia, Pa.,...Rushed for 117 yards – his first 100-yard game at Virginia Tech – to help the Hokies to a 48-17 win over Duke on Saturday ... Rushed for his fifth touchdown of the season ... Added two receptions for 40 yards and a touchdown. - Atlantic Coast Conference Football

(DS#21 RB) rSr/2022 RB Raheem BlackshearVirginia Tech
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  Braxton Burmeister threw for 215 yards and a career-high three touchdowns to lift Virginia Tech to a 48-17 victory over Duke on Saturday. The Hokies (5-5, 3-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) entered the game having lost four of their previous five games, including heartbreakers to Notre Dame (32-29) and Syracuse (41-36) in the waning moments. But Virginia Tech grabbed a 14-0 lead against Duke and never trailed in setting season highs in points and scoring margin. "Just proud of our kids - their perseverance through tough, adverse times," Virginia Tech coach Justin Fuente said. "They continue to amaze all of us in this building that see them every single day with their resilient nature and their care for each other." Added Fuente, "It's a lot of fun to watch. Inspiring, quite honestly, to the coaches and everyone around them. Just have a lot of fun being around them. It's a great group of kids." Raheem Blackshear added 117 yards rushing and scored touchdowns both rushing and receiving for the Hokies, who amassed more than 500 yards of offense (573) for the first time in 43 games. Virginia Tech's 374 first-half yards were more than it had accumulated in six of nine previous games this season.

Of the 573 yards, 297 came on the ground and 276 through the air, as the Hokies displayed their most balanced attack this season. Three players - Blackshear, Keshawn King (90), and Burmeister (71) - finished with more than 70 yards rushing. "It's definitely exciting because it keeps the defense guessing," Virginia Tech receiver Tayvion Robinson said. Burmeister, who missed nearly all of the Hokies' 17-3 loss at Boston College because of an injury, returned and completed touchdown passes of 47 yards to King, 30 yards to Kaleb Smith, and 13 yards to Blackshear. Backup quarterback Jordan Moore led Duke (3-7, 0-6), which lost its sixth consecutive game, with 113 rushing yards and a touchdown. - Virginia Tech/AP College Football


(DS#19 QB) rSr/2022 QB Braxton BurmeisterVirginia Tech
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  11/01/21 - Tre TurnerSr/2022, Virginia Tech, 6-2, 190 (DS#11 WR) + More +

  NOV 1 ACC RECEIVER OF THE WEEK: Tre Turner, Virginia Tech, Jr., WR, Greensboro, N.C.,...Hauled in seven catches for a career-high 187 yards and a touchdown in the Hokies' 26-17 victory at Georgia Tech on Saturday ... The seven receptions tied his career best ... Has scored two TDs this season and 13 in his career ... His 69-yard TD reception versus the Yellow Jackets was his career-long, and marked Virginia Tech's longest play from scrimmage this season ... Added a 61-yard reception later in the game ... It stands as the first 150-yard outing by a Virginia Tech receiver in three seasons. - ACC Football

(DS#11 WR) Sr/2022 WR Tre TurnerVirginia Tech
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  10/30/21 - Tre TurnerSr/2022, Virginia Tech, 6-2, 190 (DS#11 WR) + More +

  It was easy to pick out a player of the game with Tre Turner catching seven passes for 187 yards and a touchdown to lead Virginia Tech to a 26-17 win at Georgia Tech Saturday. But embattled Hokies head coach Justin Fuente suggested that the junior wide receiver was window dressing. Virginia Tech snapped a three-game losing to break even in the ACC on the strength of four field goals by John Parker Romo, Turner's dazzling day, a big fourth-down stop with the Hokies' backs nearly to their own goal line and a smash-mouth game plan.

The Hokies rushed 53 times for 237 yards, and as Georgia Tech geared to stop the run in the first half, Virginia Tech kept throwing the ball over the heads of the Yellow Jackets on the way to a 20-7 halftime lead. Braxton Burmeister completed 15 of 25 passes, 254 yards and two touchdowns for Virginia Tech, and Turner racked up a career high in receiving yards. The Hokies gained 199 of those passing yards in the first half. Thomas had rushed for 103 yards, Raheem Blackshear for 83, and Burmeister for another 46 even after losing 19 on sacks. - Virginia Tech/AP College Football


(DS#11 WR) Sr/2022 WR Tre TurnerVirginia Tech
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  10/30/21 - Tre TurnerSr/2022, Virginia Tech, 6-2, 190 (DS#11 WR) + More +

  Tre Turner caught seven passes for a 187 yards and one score to lead Virginia Tech to a 26-17 win at Georgia Tech on Saturday as the Hokies snapped a three-game losing to break even in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Georgia Tech (3-5, 2-4 ACC) toyed with a comeback in the second half, but couldn't overcome a first half in which the Yellow Jackets allowed Virginia Tech (4-4, 2-2) - the next-to-last ranked offense in the conference at 329.7 yards per game - to match that yardage on the way to a 20-7 lead. Braxton Burmeister completed 15 of 25 passes for 254 yards and two touchdowns for Virginia Tech, and Turner was far and away his go-to guy as the junior racked up a career high in receiving yards.

Georgia Tech running back Jahmyr Gibbs rushed for 113 yards, and very nearly gave the Yellow Jackets the lead late only to slip on wet turf. Each team threw an interception in the second half, but Virginia Tech won the game in a two-play sequence over the end of the third quarter and the beginning of the fourth. First, after Georgia Tech pulled to within 23-17, Gibbs broke through a gaping hole over right tackle for what looked like possible 81-yard touchdown run. He had one last defender to worry about, a safety coming from the middle of the field with an angle. Gibbs made cut, but it didn't hold on a field slickened by intermittent drizzle on a cool, gray day. A few plays later, Georgia Tech coach Geoff Collins opted to go for it on fourth-and-1 from the Virginia Tech 12. The Hokies held. - Virginia Tech/AP College Football


(DS#11 WR) Sr/2022 WR Tre TurnerVirginia Tech
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  SEPT 27 ACC CO-SPECIALIST OF THE WEEK: Tayvion Robinson, Virginia Tech, So., KR, Virginia Beach, Va.,...Scored his first career TD on a 60-yard punt return in the second quarter of Saturday's 21-10 win over Richmond ... Averaged 22 yards per punt return on the day ... Registered an additional 76 yards on six receptions and finished the day with 140 all-purpose yards. - Atlantic Coast Conference Football

(DS#999 WR) rSo/2024 WR Tayvion RobinsonVirginia Tech
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  Braxton Burmeister threw for 212 yards and a touchdown to lead Virginia Tech to a 21-10 victory over Richmond on Saturday. Tayvion Robinson added a 60-yard punt return for a score for the Hokies (3-1), who struggled against a Richmond team that played nearly the entire game without starting quarterback Joe Mancuso (injured hand). Burmeister threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Tre Turner on the opening possession of the game to cap a 65-yard drive - the Hokies' best of the game. An Aaron Banks interception led to Richmond's only touchdown, with Savon Smith scoring on a 16-yard run to tie the game in the second quarter. Robinson's touchdown and a 1-yard score by backup quarterback Connor Blumrick were enough for Virginia Tech to register the win. Turner caught six passes for 102 yards for the Hokies, who amassed just 318 yards. Beau English II completed 15 of 23 for just 77 yards to lead Richmond, which finished with only 237 yards. - Virginia Tech/AP College Football

(DS#19 QB) rSr/2022 QB Braxton BurmeisterVirginia Tech
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  Raheem Blackshear rushed for two touchdowns to lead No. 19 Virginia Tech to a 35-14 victory over Middle Tennessee on Saturday after a slow start. The Hokies (2-0, 2-0 ACC) scored on their first three possessions of the second half, including back-to-back TDs by Blackshear, in a game they led 14-7 at halftime. Virginia Tech broke open the game when Jalen Holston scored on a 29-yard, third-quarter run to take a 21-7 lead. Blackshear, who rushed for 58 yards, then scored on runs of 6 yards and 1 yard on ensuing possessions to help the Hokies build a 35-7 cushion. "At halftime, it was obviously a tight ball game. I didn't feel like we were shocked it was close," Virginia Tech coach Justin Fuente said. "I don't know that we're the team that can just blow the doors off people. That's just not how we're built right now. "I didn't sense any panic or shock. That's what happens with teams that are overconfident or arrogant. They're shocked that the other team wants to play. We knew what we were getting into, so there was no shock, no panic. Those guys were ready to go back out there and play." Braxton Burmeister went 14 of 24 for 142 yards and a score for Virginia Tech, which finished with 375 yards. Bailey Hockman threw 19 of 32 for 207 yards and a score to lead the Blue Raiders (1-1, 0-1 CUSA), who had 349 yards. - Virginia Tech/AP College Football

(DS#21 RB) rSr/2022 RB Raheem BlackshearVirginia Tech
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  SEPT 6 ACC SEPT 6 ACC DEFENSIVE BACK OF THE WEEK: Chamarri Conner, Virginia Tech, Jr., CB, Jacksonville, Fla.,...Led the Hokies' defense with eight tackles in Friday night's 17-10 victory over No. 10 North Carolina ... Of his eight stops, six were solo efforts ... Wore legendary coach Frank Beamer's No. 25 jersey and recorded an interception in the fourth quarter to seal the game ... Interception was the fourth of his career. - ACC Football

(DS#17 CB) Sr/2022 CB Chamarri ConnerVirginia Tech
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  Virginia Tech's 2021 captains aren't lacking experience. The Hokies picked tight end James Mitchell, linebacker Dax Hollifield, safety Chamarri Conner, offensive lineman Brock Hoffman and offensive lineman Tyrell Smith to be captains this fall. Smith is a notable selection as a rare three-time captain. He was voted captain by his teammates in 2019. The veteran lineman initially planned to be a graduate assistant in the weight room this season, but reversed course after spring camp.

He's the only player remaining on the roster who signed with Tech during coach Frank Beamer's tenure. He's played in 54 games during his career and played in every game for Tech from 2016-18. Smith's co-captains last year were safety Divine Deablo, defensive tackle Jarrod Hewitt and linebacker Rayshard Ashby. This year his co-captains all have prominent places on the depth chart as well. Mitchell briefly flirted with the idea of entering the NFL Draft, but decided to come back for another season. As the team's starting tight end last year, he had 26 catches for 435 yards with four touchdowns. - Roanoke Times


(DS#12 TE) rSr/2023 TE James MitchellVirginia Tech
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  Virginia Tech's Dax Hollifield looks like a middle linebacker, talks like a middle linebacker, thinks like a middle linebacker and competes like a middle linebacker. Good news for him, then: He's now actually a middle linebacker. "I've been waiting for this opportunity for the past three seasons," Hollifield said. "I'm finally at the position I was recruited to play." Now, don't misunderstand. Happiness hasn't been a problem for this guy in the past. As long as you slap a jersey and a helmet on him and let him run around, Hollifield is going to be happy. That would apply if he were fielding punts, serving as a long snapper or slugging it out on the offensive line.

But you watch the way he gets in that crouch and scans the opposing backfield, so eager to work downhill, and it's obvious that middle linebacker (or, as the Hokies call it, the "Mike" position) is where he belongs. He's spent most of the past three seasons playing outside linebacker ("Will") while Rayshard Ashby held down the Mike spot. "They're pretty similar positions, but the biggest difference is the Will linebacker position, they're going to be more in space," said Tech linebackers coach Jack Tyler, who started at the Mike spot during his own playing days in Blacksburg. "Dax's skill set is more tailored toward being in the box and having it be more of a phone booth. "I'm not saying he's not athletic enough to go play in space. Obviously he was; he did it the last couple years. But his skill set is better for in-the-box type of plays." - Roanoke Times


(DS#36 ILB) Sr/2022 ILB Dax HollifieldVirginia Tech
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  Virginia Tech defensive lineman Desmond Mamudi (knee), linebacker Will Johnson (shoulder) and walk-on receiver William Kakavitsas (knee) are out for the season, according to sources with knowledge of the situation. Mamudi and Johnson, who were both three-star signees out of the 2021 signing class, recently each had surgery. The injury to Mamudi leaves the Hokies with only four scholarship defensive tackles going into the fall. He was the team's lone signee at defensive tackle in the last recruiting cycle. The next options on the line are likely walk-on tackles Maxx Philpott and Nigel Simmons as third-team defensive lineman. Kakavitsas had put himself in position to earn some reps this fall at receiver. The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder out of Providence High School is a third-year player. He redshirted in 2019 and played in nine games on special teams last fall. - Roanoke Times

(DS#999 DT) Fr/2025 DT Desmond MamudiVirginia Tech
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  08/20/21 - Kaleb SmithrJr/2023, Virginia Tech, 6-2, 215 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  Virginia Tech receiver Kaleb Smith knew what the injury was before the trainers got to him. Smith's arm got tangled up when he tried to strip the ball from Pittsburgh corner Jason Pinnock coming out of halftime in a late-season matchup between the ACC rivals. After Pinnock picked off Hendon Hooker down the Hokies' sideline, he avoided a couple would-be tacklers and bounced the ball back toward midfield. Smith ran a deep route and was 20 yards behind the play, but he never considered giving up on the play. "He had a wide-open lane to a touchdown," Smith said at Virginia Tech's media day. "I turned on the jets and tried to strip the ball, and my arm got stuck in there. It popped out."

The arm hung down and Smith said it was completely numb until the training staff popped it back in. It was the same feeling Smith had when he tore his labrum as a senior at Louisa County. "I tore the back of the labrum as a senior, this time it tore the front," Smith said, indicating the spots on his left shoulder. Smith knew what was next - surgery and an extended rehab period that would keep him sidelined for four to eight months. He was out five and a half months this time around. "I was cleared on May 5," Smith said, with a smile. "That date with all the therapy you go through, you got it circled on the calendar." - Roanoke Times


(DS#999 WR) rJr/2023 WR Kaleb SmithVirginia Tech
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  Virginia Tech coach Justin Fuente announced on Thursday that defensive end Emmanuel Belmar is going to medically retire. Belmar was trying to come back from a concussion he suffered last October. The medical waiver ends Belmar's football career while allowing him to keep his scholarship. "I feel for Emmanuel, because he was a very hard-nosed, tough football player for us for several years. He just couldn't overcome the injury part," Virginia Tech coach Justin Fuente said. "...We've encouraged him to be around as much as he'd like, as much as emotionally he can handle, because he has been an instrumental part of our team and our culture and our work ethic." He opened fall camp with the team, but the coaching staff was taking a cautious approach with the defender since he hadn't wasn't clear for contact at all during the spring. Belmar met with his family and the team's medical staff in recent days before coming to the decision. - Roanoke Times

(DS#999 DE) rSr/2022 DE Emmanuel BelmarVirginia Tech
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