SALEM, Va. – The Roanoke Valley Sports Club welcomed in two special guests Monday night at its monthly meeting that represent the maroon and orange of Virginia Tech very well.
Former Hokie and longtime color analyst Mike Burnop was on hand along with new Virginia Tech head football coach Brent Pry. The two talked about the resurgence of energy in Blacksburg around the football program and the athletic department as a whole. It was a special trip back to the valley for Burnop who grew up just across the street from Salem Civic Center. For Pry it was an opportunity to be transparent and update the members of the Club on where the team stands in mid-June--what he and his staff call phase 3 of summer workouts.
“Right now the NCAA gave us two hours a week where we can do skills, drills and walk throughs so we’re maximizing that,” Pry said. “Like always, they’re crusting it in the weight room and doing the agility work and so they’re really training at a high level right now.”
“They’re going to be aggressive and go back to the old Beamer Ball days and he’s going to get them going it’s just a matter of time,” said Burnop. “But again it’s going to take some time. People have to be patient. Clearly you need better players and he’s working really hard on that with all the camps they’re doing and all that.”
Pry told Monday night’s crowd that upwards of a dozen players have made position changes heading into this upcoming season.