Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer shot 87 at Augusta National this weekend, and Wednesday opens spring practice for the Hokies. How good will Beamer’s team be when the Chick-Fil-A College Kickoff game arrives in September?
It is a question everyone is asking Beamer. He answered that question for The Roanoke Times, “I think we’ll be better overall,” said Beamer, whose club opens the season Sept. 5 against Alabama in Atlanta. “A lot of that depends on what happens here in spring practice. So it’s all about getting back to work and improving as a football team, then hope you can get to where you want to go. So let’s have a great practice on Wednesday, that’s what we need to think about right now.”
Beamer has said playing a big game early in the season like the Hokies matchup against the Alabama Crimson Tide in Atlanta can help a team’s off-season preparation. According to Mr. College Football, “When you play a big game earlyâ€”and weâ€™ve done that in the pastâ€”it focuses you team better in the spring and in the summer,â€ Beamer told me when the Sept. 5 game at the Georgia Dome was put together. “You canâ€™t ease into your season. Youâ€™ve pretty much got to hit the ground running.”
It didn’t hurt Alabama’s season in 2008 kicking off the season against Clemson. The motivation of playing a big game no doubt helped focus last year’s squad. Can this year’s game against Virginia Tech yield the same off-season results?