Hokies assistant visits NFL camp

Running backs coach Zohn Burden spent time at Redskins training camp

By Eric Johnson - Sports Reporter

BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Virginia Tech Hokies are hard at work as the season gets closer and closer. While the student-athletes are working to learn the ins and outs of the offense and defense, one of the coaches had the opportunity to do the same -- at an NFL training camp. 

Running backs coach Zohn Burden spent a weekend at Redskins training camp in Richmond. It was part of the NFL's Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship. The program gives coaches the opportunity to observe, participate and gain experience on the NFL level. Burden said he learned lots of information while at the camp, and even had a chance to catch up with some former Hokies. Head coach Justin Fuente said when the opportunity arose, he couldn't say no.

"I think it was a great experience for him. I told him he had to bring back something. You know, we have to be able to talk about what's going on," Fuente said.

 "By all accounts, the Redskins were great to him. Basically, total access to what was going on."

Commenting on the opportunity, Burden said, "I worked hand in hand with the running backs coach. It was all about learning different techniques and how we can make our running backs at Virginia Tech better. That's what the whole goal was for me, but obviously there were other experiences that I got to take part in, which will help our program along the way."

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