Virginia Tech Football wraps spring practice with packed game at Lane Stadium

Virginia Tech Football wraps spring practice with packed game at Lane Stadium

BLACKSBURG, Va. (WSET) - Hokie Nation turned out in big numbers on a super day to be outside.

Saturday's spring game, with a reported attendance over 36-thousand was great for the players, also, competing in front of a vocal crowd. The defense dominated the first half, Tyree Rodgers creating the interception for Khalil Ladler on the first drive.

Second quarter, defensive end Emmanual Belmar charges in for the stop on Josh Jackson.

After failing to score the first half, the offense came to life the second half. Ryan Willis, taking reps behind Jackson, threw for a couple of scores.

Running back Deshawn McClease broke a 49-yard run for touchdown to ignite the crowd. And Phil Patterson came up with a one-handed grab.

And while head coach Justing Fuente said he saw individual and team improvement today, he says the Hokies have a long way to go.

Justin Fuente, THIRD-YEAR VIRGINIA TECH HEAD COACH - "This might be the most important summer of any team I've ever coached in terms of what we need and moving forward, just considering our youth and inexperience."

Josh Jackson, HOKIES R-SOPH. QUARTERBACK - "Focus on the little things. I think I've got the big picture of the offense and defenses and everything like that. But just getting more in detail with all that stuff."

Emmanual Belmar, HOKIES R-SOPH. DEF. LINEMAN - "I felt like I competed, you know got after the quarterback a little bit, missed a few I couldn't have got. But you know I've just got to work on that in the summer."

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