2017 Prespring Rankings: No. 32 Virginia Tech Hokies
The 2017 prespring college football rankings, taking the first look at the Virginia Tech Hokies
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No. 32: Virginia Tech Hokies
Virginia Tech Hokies Prespring Status
The Hokies were fantastic in Justin Fuente’s first year at the helm in place of Frank Beamer, and the future looks terrific coming off a fantastic recruiting class – but this year’s team might take a big of a step back after going 10-4 with a trip to the ACC title game and finishing with a bowl win over Arkansas.
That team cranked up one of the nation’s best defenses and was efficient and effective offensively, but it also came up with a few puzzling performances in losses to Syracuse and Georgia Tech. This team will need to battle to get to ten wins.
With the stunning early departure of QB Jerod Evans, the Hokies have to replace six offensive starters including most of the passing game. The defense undergoes an overhaul on the front four, but it only loses four starters overall.
Virginia Tech Hokies Biggest Issue
The passing game. Can Kansas transfer Ryan Willis be the main man to run the attack, or will Fuente turn over the quarterback reins to a freshman, Josh Jackson? Cam Phillips is back in the receiving corps, but leading target Isaiah Ford left early for the NFL along with TE Bucky Hodges. Three of the top four pass catchers are gone, Evans led the team in rushing yards, and the right side of the line needs to be replaced. It’ll be an important spring.
Virginia Tech Hokies Biggest Positive
The defensive back seven should be outstanding. The front four is an issue, but eight of the top ten tacklers are back including Andrew Motuapuaka and all the starters to the linebacking corps. Chuck Clark might be done at one safety spot, but the other three starters return, including CB Brandon Facyson, who could’ve taken off early for the next level. After finishing 14th in the nation in pass efficiency defense, the Hokies should be even better.
Really, Why Are The Virginia Tech Hokies Ranked Here?
Fuente and the Tech staff were able to work wonders last year, and they should come up with another excellent year. It might not be another Coastal-winning campaign, but it’ll be another big season starting with a defense that should be among the best in the ACC. Let’s see how the offense and quarterback situation looks this spring – this could be a top 20 team before the start of the season.