2013 Virginia Tech Football Team Analysis
The Virginia Tech Hokies have been a perennial contender under the tutelage of longtime head coach Frank Beamer. The fans in Blacksburg are a well-informed and passionate bunch who are often decked out in Hokies gear, and they are a fan base that is not easily satisfied. The performance that the Hokies turned in on the field last year was simply not acceptable by their high standards, and many expect the program to turn around quickly by way of the fleet of talented athletes. Here’s a look at the football team from a few different angles as the 2013 regular season draws near.
It doesn’t take a sports genius to see that Virginia Tech will be built around their defense this year. It is true that quarterback Logan Thomas raised eyebrows last year and is expected to continue to progress as a leader, but this team will go as the defense takes them. In a recent spring game, the defense thoroughly dominated the action from start to finish and stymied several attempts by the offense of getting the ball downfield. In fact, the first score of the game came from an interception return for a touchdown by freshman sensation Der’Woun Greene.
Having lost only two players to the NFL Draft, Virginia Tech will be one of the more veteran teams in a highly competitive ACC. The vast majority of starters will be returning on defense, and Beamer Ball could certainly make a return the season. Absent in recent years have been the blocked kicks, the returned punts and the overall energy and spunk that typically comes with a Virginia Tech team. If they’re able to recapture all of their signature traits, they could certainly turn things around quickly and put the disappointing 6 – 6 season in the rearview mirror quickly.
A few positions that have major competitions brewing as spring turns into summer are tight end and defensive back. An abundance of dropped passes by wide receivers opened the doors for tight ends to shine during the spring game, even though quarterback Logan Thomas was shaky with a few of his throws.
There are currently 17 defensive backs on the spring squad roster, a number that will certainly be shaved to about half dozen before the first game against Alabama in late August. The aforementioned Greene will be looking for playing time amid a very young group of guys hungry for their chance to represent one of college football’s most storied programs.