Virginia Tech Hokies: Keys To The Season, Top Game, Top Transfer, Fun Stats
Virginia Tech Hokies: Key To The 2022 Offense
Watch the interceptions.
The Hokie offense might not have been a powerhouse last season, but it didn’t have too much of a problem with turnovers. The team was +2 on the year, and it lost the turnover margin just four times – going 1-3 and was never worse than -1.
Best of all for the team, there were just five interceptions thrown with just one over the last seven games. The offense might take a few more chances and shots, but it can’t start screwing up.
South Carolina transfer Jason Brown threw six interceptions in his 108 throws, and Grant Wells – the likely starter – gave up 22 picks in his two seasons.
Virginia Tech Hokies: Key To The 2022 Defense
The run defense has to hold up.
The Hokies have tacklers, and they have enough bodies to rotate through on the defensive front. Now they have to be a wall every week against the run.
They allowed 169 yards per game and 4.6 yards per carry, but the real problem was when teams hit 180. The team was 2-6 when allowing 180 yards or more, 0-for-the-last-10 when giving up 200 or more.
Virginia Tech Hokies: Key Player To The 2022 Season
QB Grant Wells, Soph.
The Marshall transfer has to step in and be a difference-maker – or it has to be South Carolina transfer Jason Brown. Wells has a great arm, can run a little bit, and when he’s on, he’s devastating.
When he throws picks, they come in bunches, like the five given away in the stunning 20-0 loss to Rice in 2020 and with nine given up in the first seven games of last season. Again, though, when he’s on, he’ll hit at least 70% of his passes and should be good for over 200 yards per game.
At least that’s the hope.
Virginia Tech Hokies: Key Transfer
WR Jadan Blue, Sr.
The Hokies need more dangerous receiving options after losing a few of the top guys, and that’s where Blue comes in. The 6-0, 185-pound veteran from Temple only averaged 9.9 yards per catch, but the downfield passing game wasn’t great.
He rolled for 95 catches for 1,067 yards and four scores 2019, but was limited to 14 games over the last two seasons – he still came up with 71 catches with six scores.
Virginia Tech Key Game To The 2022 Season
Boston College, Sept. 10
Obviously the regular season finale against Virginia means everything, but it would be nice to get there with bowl eligibility locked up.
Road games at North Carolina, Pitt, and NC State are coming up fast, and Miami comes to Blacksburg in the middle of that. If everything goes according to plan, the Hokies should be able to go at least 3-1 to start the season, but 4-0 is possible with a win over Boston College.
The 17-3 loss last year to the Eagles was the biggest clunker before the bowl game, and it lost three of the last four games in the series.
Virginia Tech Hokies: 2021 Fun Stats
– Penalties: Opponents 83 for 731 yards – Virginia Tech 70 for 597 yards
– 4th Down Conversions: Opponents 16-of-25 (64%) – Virginia Tech 9-of-18 (50%)
– Fumbles: Virginia Tech 15 (lost 8) – Opponents 14 (lost 4)