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Hokies young WR's take aim with new coach

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BLACKSBURG (WSLS 10 SPORTS) - A new year always brings new faces to college football teams. 

This year the Hokies add a new face behind the clipboard. They bring on board Zohn Burden from Old Dominion, replacing Aaron Moorehead as the wide receivers coach. He apparently has hit the ground running.

"I've watched the games prior to spring ball starting, also when I first got hired here, I basically watched every single game front to back--so I can get my own evaulation--without being biased or hearing from anybody else. And I kind of gained my own opinion of those guys- and are improving on their weaknesses..and turning weaknesses into strength. That's kind of what we work on every day," explains coach Burden.
 
"You know when he compiles 'em all together (the receivers mistakes)--that was lot..we thought we did OK but we still have a lot of things we need to improve on.  Ultimately it is going to help. I think he's done a great job and he's turning things around for us," says rising sophomore wideout Cam Phillips.  

Burden also feels obligated to get to know his guys off the field.  He wants those relationships to be strong, so in crunch time he can count on his kids to respond.

"You know we are gonna do things where off the field we talk about things other than football,  just to try and develop a relationship amongst each other, so they can get to know me, I can get to know them.   So when I'm yellin at them trying to get the most of them on the field they know I still care about them," says Burden. 

"We like him a lot, he's come in with an attitude-- with a chip on his shoulder, it kind of remind me of myself and the rest of our recievers, when we are under-rated, when you think about Virginia Tech, mostly you thing about DB-U...we want to try and change that, says rising sophomore Isaiah Ford.

The Hokies spring game is slated for April 25 at 2:00 p.m.