Virginia Tech Hokies 2016 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart, Outlook
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Virginia Tech Hokies 2016 Preview
The post Frank Beamer era begins in Blacksburg in 2016 with the Virginia Tech Hokies bringing in Justin Fuente to run the show.
Overview: With Beamer retiring the Hokies whisked away Justin Fuente from Memphis who resurrected a lifeless Tigers program. Fuente has talent in Blacksburg but he also has youth and a few voids to worry about.
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Offense: Fuente must decide on a quarterback and right now JUCO transfer Jerod Evans looks like the right fit for the Hokies with his big arm as well as some running ability. IF Evans can supply a threat on the ground then Travon McMillian will prosper in the VT backfield after totaling 1,042 yards as a freshman on 200 carries. The Hokies return their top three receivers with Isaiah Ford leading the way with 1,164 yards on 75 catches while Cam Phillips and tight end Bucky Hodges caught a combined 89 balls for 1,000 yards. The Hokies have plenty of experience on the O-Line as well with four stars back.
Defense: The defensive line loses it’s top two but end Ken Ekanem and tackle Woody Baron return to give Virginia Tech a solid nucleus to build around with the duo combining for 16.5 TFL and 7.5 sacks in 2015 while overall, the unit is young with loads of high ranked athletes. Andrew Motuapuaka is the top linebacker returning after recording 11.5 TFL, four sacks and defensing four passes with Anthony Shegog and Tremaine Edmunds stepping in to bigger roles for the Hokies. Virginia Tech suspended a few players for off field conduct in the secondary so Chuck Clark, Brandon Facyson, Terrell Edmunds and Greg Stroman with 33 passes defensed a season ago will be the focus of the unit.
Special Teams: Mitchell Ludwig takes over the VT punting duties with placekicker Joey Slye showing off a solid leg in 2015 when he was 13-19 on 40+ yard field goals. Der’Woun Greene and Greg Stroman will handle the Hokies return chores.
Outlook: If Evans is any where as productive when he was quarterbacking in JUCO, I think the offense will be fine while the secondary has to prove itself on the defensive side of the football. Virginia Tech goes to a Bowl for sure as I think seven wins is a reachable number.
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