Virginia Tech Top 5 Players
The Virginia Tech football team quickly began to evolve from a mediocre team into a perennial powerhouse with the arrival of head coach Frank Beamer in the late 1980s. His style is now stamped all over the modern-day squads, often lead by a ferocious running game, a stingy secondary and marvelous play on special teams. We recently put together a list of the five greatest Virginia Tech football players of all time, and only one came before the arrival of Beamer.
#5 Shayne Graham K 1996-99
It is rare for a kicker to end up on one of our top five lists, and Shayne Graham actually went undrafted after graduating in 1999, but his performance over the course of his career spoke for itself. Graham shattered nearly every previous kicking record held at Blacksburg, including connecting on 97 consecutive extra points over the course of a few seasons. He was 17 – 22 on field goal attempts in his senior year, where he set Virginia Tech’s single-season record by scoring a total of 107 points.
#4 DeAngelo Hall DB 2001-03
DeAngelo Hall was a fierce competitor while playing for Virginia Tech, and opposing quarterbacks only threw in his direction when they were feeling gutsy. Equally capable of making a huge interception and a huge hit, Hall fueled a powerful Virginia Tech defense during the early years of the modern millennium. He was taken with the eighth overall pick in the first round of the 2004 NFL Draft, and he has gone on to have a major impact on the professional level.
#3 Kevin Jones RB 2001-03
Running back Kevin Jones shredded defenses throughout the course of his time in Blacksburg, and his chiseled physique got the attention of professional scouts at a very early phase in his college career. Jones put together one of the most impressive seasons running the ball in Hokies history in 2003 when he amassed nearly 1,700 rushing yards and 21 touchdowns while getting about 6 yards per carry.
#2 Bruce Smith DE 1982-1985
Bruce Smith is the only player on this list to come along before the Frank Beamer era, but he is a very worthy recipient of the number two slot. Smith was simply a man among boys throughout his college career, playing the role of both the unstoppable force and the immovable object based on what the situation required.
#1 Michael Vick QB 1999-2000
To make a list of the greatest Virginia Tech football players of all time and exclude Michael Vick would border on a criminal act. It can be argued that Vick redefined the position of college football quarterback throughout his career at Virginia Tech, and dozens of highlight reels showing a collection of jaw-dropping runs against highly ranked opponents will allow fans to recall his glory days.