It was an early morning start for the Hokies, who were anxious to take the field to begin spring practice.
“I don’t know how good we were but it was just fun to be around the guys and get to go to practice,” head coach Justin Fuente said. “The kids have great energy, they just flew around it was just fun to get back out there.”
Virginia Tech is trying to move forward after its first losing season since 1992. And for Fuente, Day 1 wasn’t just about the work on the field, but figuring out the identity of the team.
“What do we want to look like? How do we want to interact? Let’s define these things,” Fuente said. “You guys define them and lets talk about them and lets set about a task to live and act that way on a daily basis.”
Even though last season didn’t go the way the Hokies wanted, Fuente said preparing for next fall starts now in the spring.
“We’re in the fundamental stages of installing everything right now in all three stages of the game. But if we can maintain this level of attention to detail and work and have energy, I think we’ll have a productive spring.”
In the end, practice makes perfect.
“The key to anything is being able to repeat it and reproduce a quality,” Fuente said. “I’ll be anxious to see what they can do tomorrow to see how they do for the second day.”