Alabama Football is ‘Top Shelf'

"The quality of the schedule is second to none. Having Alabama as an opener is certainly an attention-getter. You realize you are playing one of the great college football programs, a program that was very good last year, a program that has a lot of people back...."



Speaking of Alabama being the season-opener is Virginia Tech Head Coach Frank Beamer. He discussed his team and playing the Crimson Tide in a recent interview provided by the Virginia Tech media relations office.

"I thought we had a good spring practice. Our kids competed every day and worked very hard to get better," Virginia Tech Coach Frank Beamer said.

"Offensively, I see a receiving corps that could be talented and good; running backs who are extremely solid; good talent at tight end; an offensive line that is going to be more athletic than we've had in some time; and good character at quarterback with a starter who has experience, and a back-up who will develop."

"On defense, I see a line that I think can be solid; linebackers who are inexperienced, but that we believe have the talent and want-to to win for us; and a secondary that could be very good."

"As far as special teams, we're going to make some quick decisions in August, and make sure we're better than we were during the spring game."

"You can see where everything can fit together...whether it does or not is yet to be determined."

"How we work over the summer and during our pre-season practices will go a long way in determining this football team. I think it is a very willing, very good character football team."

"The quality of the schedule is second to none. Having Alabama as an opener is certainly an attention-getter. You realize you are playing one of the great college football programs, a program that was very good last year, a program that has a lot of people back."

"You are playing on the top shelf when you play Alabama."

"Our kids understand that, and I think we will work hard toward competing with them."

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