Preview 2019: Previewing and looking ahead to the Virginia Tech Hokies season with what you need to know.
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– Top Players | Key Players, Games, Stats
– What Will Happen, Win Total Prediction
– Recruiting Class Analysis | Schedule Analysis
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2018 Record: 6-7 overall, 4-4 in ACC
Head Coach: Justin Fuente, 4th season, 25-15
5. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE VIRGINIA TECH OFFENSE
– The offense has to go on without a slew of players who were going to be key parts of the puzzle. QB Josh Jackson and WR Sean Savoy transferred to Maryland and TE Eric Kumah is gone to Old Dominion. But in all, five starters are back from an offense that averaged 428 yards and 30 points per game with a decent, but inconsistent year.
– With Jackson out of the picture, the quarterback job is all but set with senior Ryan Willis, a former Kansas transfer who hit just 59% of his passes, but threw for 2,716 yards and 24 scores and nine picks. 6-4, 225-pound sophomore Hendon Hooker is a promising backup who can move, and on the way is Oregon transfer Braxton Burmeister.
– Leading rusher Steven Peoples is gone after running for 786 yards and six scores, and now it’ll be a good battle between junior Jalen Holston and Deshawn McClease. The 219-pound Holston brings a little more power, and McClease – who was going to transfer, but stuck around – can handle a regular workload, too. They’ll work behind a line that gets back two starters, but should have a strong starting five around sophomore Christian Darrisaw at left tackle.
– The strength of the O is at receiver, starting with the return of the 6-2, 222-pound Damon Hazelton as a true No. 1 target. 6-2, 187-pound sophomore Tre Turner is more than just a good No. 2; he’s a killer of a deep threat averaging over 20 yards per grab.
The loss of Kumah isn’t a plus, but the tight end situation is good with Dalton Keene back after catching 28 passes, and with sophomore James Mitchell a dangerous receiver.