What You Need To Know About The Virginia Tech Offense
– The attack that rolled to a solid 413 yards and 28 points per game needs its guy to rock – and be eligible.
It’s all about QB Josh Jackson, who’s surrounded by a few eligibility question marks holding the potential of the upcoming season in limbo. But assuming that all is right with the world and he’s able to go, he’s one of the brightest young ACC quarterbacking stars, with good mobility to go along with the passing efficient passing skills to keep the offense moving.
If Jackson can’t go, former Kansas Jayhawk Ryan Willis and talented redshirt freshman Hendon Hooker will battle it out to fill in the gap. There might be a few small issues, but if Jackson isn’t on the field for any reason, the Hokies are better off than it might appear.
– The running game that averaged an okay 173 yards per game gets back leading rusher Deshawn McClease – a 5-9, 190-pound quick back who ran for 530 yards – but lost second-leading man Travon McMillian early. The offense works in a slew of backs, with 221-pound senior Steven Peoples, Coleman Fox and Jalen Holston all coming up with more than 220 yards.
Paving the way is a decent line returning three good starters, starting with 322-pound Yosuah Nijman at one tackle spot and three-year veteran Kyle Chung at guard. This group won’t be dominant, but it’ll be fine. It has to do far more to crank things up, though, for the ground game.
– The receiving corps has to replace leading man Cam Phillips, but just about everyone else of note returns. With seven of the nine top pass catchers back, the offense that spread the ball around well – for the most part – should be okay.
But a No. 1 guy has to emerge for Phillips, with second-leading man Sean Savoy coming off a strong freshman season and Eric Kumah a big target who finished third on the team with 28 catches.
Biggest Key To The Virginia Tech Offense
At some point, it would be nice if the Hokie running game was more dangerous. Virginia Tech has failed to hit four yards per carry for a season in five of the last six seasons, even with talented backs and effective running quarterbacks. That one outlier of a season was two years ago under Justin Fuente, and even then the Hokies only averaged 4.02 yards per try.
Four times last season the Tech ground game averaged under three yards per carry, and lost two of them. Even so, over the years the Hokies have been successful despite the lack of rushing punch. Again, through, it would be nice.