Virginia Tech’s Logan Thomas and Clemson’s Tajh Boyd, a Phoebus High graduate who will play in the Orange Bowl Friday night, are among the quarterbacks to accept invitations to the Senior Bowl on Jan. 25 in Mobile, Ala.
Thomas, on his Twitter feed, said doctors told him to avoid watching television or playing video games as he recovers from symptoms of a concussion he suffered in the Sun Bowl on New Year’s Eve.
Hokies cornerback Kyle Fuller and defensive end James Gayle, a Bethel graduate, have accepted Senior Bowl invitations, as have Virginia offensive tackle Morgan Moses and defensive tackle Brent Urban. ...
Hokies defensive tackle Derrick Hopkins will play in the East-West Shrine Game at 4 p.m. Jan. 18 on NFL Network. ...
Former Kecoughtan High quarterback Kermit Buggs is expected to join new James Madison coach Everett Withers' staff, though the deal is not finalized, according to Pete Roussel, who runs coachingsearch.com.
Buggs, who played for Norfolk State, most recently was Connecticut's running backs coach and special teams coordinator. He also has coached at Lock Haven and Penn State. ...
Richmond assistant coach Wayne Lineburg, who was the Spiders' interim head coach in 2011, is moving from the Spiders' staff to Connecticut's, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported. He will coach a position or positions to be determined on offense for Bob Diaco, who worked with Lineburg on Virginia's staff.
At UR, Lineburg's titles were associate head coach, recruiting coordinator and running backs coach.
Defending NCAA champion Virginia was No. 1 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's preseason rankings.
UCLA, which held a team match point against the Cavaliers in last year's championship match before losing 4-3, is ranked second.
VCU (31st), Virginia Tech (38th) and UNC Wilmington (44th) also are among the 75 ranked squads.
In singles, Mitchell Frank -- who won the clinching match for the Cavaliers in that team final -- is ranked third. Virginia Tech's Amerigo Contini (26th), Old Dominion's Carlos Lopez Villa (30th), U.Va.'s Jordan Daigle (43rd), the Hokies' Andreas Bjerrehus (60th), VCU's Alexis Heugas (78th), U.Va. teammates Mac Styslinger (94th), JC Aragone (107th) and Justin Shane (115th) and Tech's Aaron Gomez (122nd) are among the 125 ranked players.
In doubles, the tandems of Contini-Bjerrehus (23rd), Liberty's Shea Thomas-Jorge Azuero (26th), Frank-Styslinger (32nd) and Bjerrehus-Hunter Koontz (49th) are among 60 ranked tandems.
Stanford heads the ITA preseason rankings, while North Carolina -- guided by former William and Mary coach Brian Kalbas -- is third.
Virginia is tied for 13th with ACC rival Clemson. VCU (39th), W&M (40th), Virginia Tech (54th) and Denver (62nd) are among the 75 ranked teams. A probable starter for Denver is freshman Maureen Slattery of Newport News, a former Hampton Roads Academy standout.
In singles, U.Va.'s Julia Elbaba is 11th, while teammates Danielle Collins and Rachel Pierson are 28th and 43rd, respectively.
William and Mary's Jeltje Loomans is 54th, and the Tribe's Maria Belaya shares the No. 65 spot. Also ranked are VCU's Yukako Noi (81st), Virginia Tech's Francesca Fusinato (82nd), U.Va.'s Stephanie Nauta (85th) and W&M's Leeza Nemchinov (89th).
In doubles, Loomans-Belaya (sixth) and Elbaba-Pierson (eighth) are the only teams from state schools in the top 60.
Virginia took sixth place in the Southern Scuffle in Chattanooga, Tenn., one of the nation’s top tournaments. Joe Spisak took second at 141 pounds to lead the Cavaliers.
ESPNW named Virginia standout Morgan Brian one of 15 female athletes to watch in 2014.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun