Beamer on replacing Virgil
After it was announced that Virginia Tech's most experienced cover corner Stephan Virgil was academically ineligible for Thursday night's game a battle began for the starting spot. Beamer announced that both Cris Hill and Jayron Hosley will share the duties of replacing Virgil.
"They both have practiced well. I think we are going to end up playing both of them and see how it goes during the game," said Beamer. "Both of them are talented enough, they just need to rise to the occasion."
Virgil played in 10 of 12 games for the Hokies in 2009 and contributed 36 tackles, one interception and one forced fumble. Both Hill and Hosley combined for 15 tackles in 2009.
Bright Lights, Big City
During their week in Atlanta head coach Lane Kiffin has stressed that his players needed to remain focused while in such a temptation-filled environment. Rumors began to circulate that a group of Volunteers may have missed their curfew at some point in their trip to Atlanta. Kiffin responded to questions of any discipline problems while in Atlanta on Wednesday morning.
"I thought our players have really done a better job the last couple of days of being focused," said Kiffin. "When you first get here, it is such a great bowl, such a great city and so many events. It can be easy to be distracted, but we are all still here and accounted for."
Taylor similar to Vick
The Volunteer coaching staff seems to be experiencing nightmares concerning Virginia Tech quarterback Tyrod Taylor. Kiffin said the preparation for Taylor has been extremely difficult for his defensive staff. The coaching staff even draws parallels between Taylor and now Philadelphia Eagles quarterback and former Hokie Michael Vick.
"He is very difficult to prepare for," said Kiffin. "A lot of time you have running quarterbacks that don't throw very well. Unfortunately for us he throws the ball extremely well. The guy they (defensive staff) compare him to is Michael Vick."
Taylor's dual threat abilities have haunted opponents throughout the 2009 season. In his junior season Taylor has collected 2,102 yards passing, 344 yards rushing and 17 total touchdowns.
Bowl week rust
Head coach Lane Kiffin has been vocal about his team's inability to piece together a complete practice while in Atlanta. Kiffin feels that although the Vols struggled early in the bowl preparations process, they have plenty of time to pull their game plan together.
"It has been a little bit up and down. We have been rusty. I think that comes with the territory of coming to a bowl game and now practicing at three different sites," said Kiffin. "We have a long ways to go until game day. We had a bunch of meetings this morning that are still going on now and we have a bunch of meetings tonight after the walk-through. So we still have a lot to do."
The Volunteers will conclude their preparations with a walk-through in the Georgia Dome Wednesday afternoon. Game time for the Chik-fil-A bowl is schedule for 7:30 p.m.