Best Virginia Tech Offensive Player
QB Josh Jackson, Soph.
How was Virginia Tech going to move on after losing Jerod Evans? Redshirt freshman Josh Jackson was able too step up and rock right away, coming out great in the opener against West Virginia and rolling on from there to a fantastic first campaign.
He might have been just barely under the 60% passing mark, but he threw for 2,991 yards and 20 touchdowns with nine picks, and he ran for 324 yards and six touchdowns – and he’s just getting started.
There are offseason concerns about his eligibility, but assuming all turns out fine, the 6-1, 216-pounder should shine, with with experience to go along with the mobility, decent arm, and care-taking ability with the passing game. He’ll need to keep being a strong decision-maker to spread the ball around, and he needs to continue to be the star of the attack.
2. WR Sean Savoy, Soph.
3. RB Deshawn McClease, Jr.
4. OT Yosuah Nijman, Sr.
5. OG Kyle Chung, Sr.
Best Virginia Tech Defensive Player
S Reggie Floyd, Jr.
Floyd went from being a little-used part of the rotation as a freshman to a force in the secondary, finishing third on the team with 72 tackles with three picks and two forced fumbles.
The 6-0, 221-pounder is a former high school running back with the quickness and burst to swarm to the play, becoming a rock-solid tackler with ten stops against Clemson and doing a steady job in the open field. On a team that needs veteran leaders, he’ll have to stand out in the defensive back seven.
2. DT Ricky Walker, Sr.
3. DE Trevon Hill, Jr.
4. DE Houshun Gaines, Jr.
5. S Mook Reynolds, Sr.
Key Player To A Successful Season
LB Dylan Rivers, Soph.
It’s hardly a sure thing that the 6-1, 233-pound sophomore will work in the middle, and it’s hardly a sure thing that he’ll be a key starter – with other young options around getting every shot at one of the starting gigs.
However, he’s a former great recruit who was a fantastic get for the program with good size, nice range, and excellent tackling skills. For a team that needs a middle linebacker to replace the 206 stops over the last two years from Andrew Motuapuaka, someone has to step up and shine.
Key Game To The Virginia Tech Season
at Florida State, Sept. 3
The Miami game is bigger and more important. The Hokies don’t have to play Clemson or Louisville from the Atlantic, and they get Georgia Tech and Miami at home from the Coastal. However, in a bit of a rebuilding year, the tone can be set for the entire season by taking down Florida State on the road in the opener for Willie Taggart.
It’s the first time the two schools have met since 2012 – an FSU win – and it’s the type of game that will show each team’s mettle out of the gate. Win in that kind of an environment with the whole college football world watching, and watch out. After that, the Hokies schedule is light enough to be 5-0 before dealing with Notre Dame, and with all the toughest games at home.
2017 Virginia Tech Fun Stats
– 3rd Quarter Scoring: Virginia Tech 117 – Opponents 45
– 3rd Down Conversions: Virginia Tech 86-of-211 (41%) – Opponents 49-of-187 (26%)
– Penalties: Opponents 82 for 626 yards – Virginia Tech 60 for 548 yards