August 17, 2017

Virginia Tech got multiple things when Southern Nash’s Nadir Thompson committed to the football program.

A potential starter at cornerback someday.

A speedster with a 4.4 40-yard dash time.

A destructive force on punt/kick returns if he finds a small opening.

But what the Hokies might not…

The toughest football players to replace from 2016

August 16, 2017

With a new season, a new group of football players has to step into starting positions left vacant by last year’s seniors. Once teams get past Week One, it’s not even a big deal anymore. Who’s on the roster is who’s on the roster, and no one that left is coming back.


Rocky Mount's Battle groomed for the future

August 16, 2017

Rocky Mount coach Jason Battle recognized football was headed in a direction. The Gryphons coach wanted Shyheim Battle to be part of it.

Shyheim Battle, a junior defensive back, was guided into the cornerback position well before the start of last season. He had just finished a season playing…

Transfers who could have big impact

August 15, 2017

MADISON, Wis. — Chris James has waited long enough to take a handoff at Wisconsin.

The running back sat out a year after leaving Pittsburgh to move to Madison, looking for a better backfield opportunity.

That moment has finally arrived. James is part of this year’s crop of Division I…