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Virginia Tech Football Local Traditions


 Virginia Tech Football Local Traditions

Fans of the Virginia Tech Hokies football team are some of the most passionate, loyal and vocal in all of college football. Blacksburg is a tightknit community that cares deeply about the success of their beloved Hokies football team, and a handful of traditions take place every Saturday during football season. A few of them were created in the last few decades during the team’s rise into a perennially successful national power. Here are the top six Virginia Tech football traditions.

The Lunch Pail

The Virginia Tech lunch pail is a symbol of defensive toughness. The thoroughly worked-over pail looks like it could have been used on a daily basis by a coal miner in the early-1900s. It was actually the creation of defensive coaches who wanted to bring a tangible symbol of the team’s toughness to campus. It can usually be found on the sidelines during home games and in the locker room before and after the affairs. The hand-painted ‘VT’ on the front side of the leather casing further establishes the blue-collar charm of this simple piece.

Team Walk

The football team is very accessible to the tens of thousands of fans that pack Lane Stadium for every home game. One of the biggest testaments to this is the Team Walk, a tradition that takes place beginning about two hours before kickoff. The entire team, coaching staff, dance teams, color guard squad and cheerleading squad are led by the marching band on a short journey from the athletic complex to the home team locker room.

Let’s Go Hokies!

This pregame chant gets everybody in the building wearing Virginia Tech colors or merchandise pumped up and ready for kickoff. While members of groups associated with pregame rituals are on the field conducting their business, opposing sides of the gigantic block-shaped stadium seating sections bellow alternating yells of “Let’s go!” and “Hokies!” The internal competition amidst the crowd perfectly foreshadows the on-field competition.

Enter Sandman

This tradition involving one of Metallica’s most celebrated songs was born around the turn of the millennium. The University made several improvements to Lane Stadium in the spring of 2000, and additional digital technologies that were unleashed to a thrilled crowd during the home opener included the song Enter Sandman. The reception was amazing, the atmosphere was bonkers and a brand-new tradition was born.

3rd Down Key Shake

Not exactly unique to Blacksburg, but it is a clear demonstration of the football savvy and passion of the fans in attendance at any given game. The entire student section and many in attendance take their keys out of their pockets leading up to every 3rd down play, shaking them vigorously in support of the VT defense and creating a metallic twang designed to disorient the opposing quarterback and unify the fans in attendance.

Skipper the Cannon

Skipper is a beautiful 19th century cannon that would be a local museum if were not given the prized honor of firing off an empty round to commemorate every Virginia Tech touchdown. No scoring drive is complete without a thunderous boom echoing throughout Lane Stadium. Furthermore game night is complete without a trip to a local watering hole for a few strong cocktails. Pk’s Bar & Grill, Big Al’s Grille & Sportsbar and Sharkeys are all within a mile due north of the field.

Hokie Homage To The Best: Mike Vick’s Two Seasons In Blacksburg


Hokie Homage To The Best: Mike Vick’s Two Seasons In Blacksburg

The long and illustrious history of Virginia Tech football can essentially be split into two categories; Before Michael Vick and After Michael Vick. The arrival of the Newport News native reenergized an already electric fan base, and his exploits on the field soon catapulted Virginia Tech to the top of the BCS rankings and right into the middle of the bright spotlight of national TV. Many fans consider 1999 to be one of the greatest seasons in Hokie history, and they were only a few bounces away from the school’s first National Championship in Vick’s first season under center.

It seems absolutely comical in hindsight, but head coach Frank Beamer opted to redshirt Vick during his first season on campus in 1998 in hopes of investing the year toward what was expected to be a handful of epic seasons. Beamer only got two out of Vick before he took off for the monetarily greener pastures of the National Football League, but in those few dozen games, college football fans all over the world bared witness to one of the greatest talents ever to play the quarterback position.

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel became the first freshman to even win the Heisman Trophy following the 2012 season, but Vick put together what is arguably the best freshman campaign by a quarterback in the history of Division I college football throughout the fall of 1999. Opposing defenses unfortunate enough to draw Virginia Tech on their 1999 regular season schedule were simply not equipped for the speed, strength and agility that Michael Vick possessed. He was an absolute monster on the ground while executing read options and other designed quarterback runs, often blasting through traffic at the line of scrimmage and never looking back.

Defenders that attempted to take him down in the secondary were often juked or stymied with powerful stiffarms. When defensive coordinators would put 10 men in the box, Vick would simply drop back a few steps and fire a dart over the middle to one of his tight ends running down a seam or toss a deeper ball down the sidelines to a receiver who had sprung free. He quickly demonstrated one of the strongest arms in all of college football, completing nearly 60 passes for an average of over 11 yards per toss in his 1999 campaign.

Vick led the Hokies to an undefeated 1999 regular season, besting four ranked teams in the process. His exploits eventually led the Hokies to a #2 ranking and an opportunity at the National Championship, held at the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans’ Superdome. Virginia Tech was caught a bit off guard by the #1 overall ranked Florida State Seminoles, but Vick was able to rally the troops for three consecutive touchdowns, which allowed them to take a slim 29 – 28 lead into the fourth quarter. The final 15 minutes were not memorable ones for Virginia Tech fans, but Vick had clearly brought the team into the national spotlight while getting the VT football team the closest it had ever been in their well over 100 years of playing college football.

Vick’s statistical levels tapered off in the following season as defenses focused their entire game plan around stopping the dynamic quarterback. He experienced the only regular season loss of his college career in early November against the Miami Hurricanes in the Orange Bowl in Florida, but he still led the team to another 11-victory season. Vick’s presence at the school led to a massive influx of recruits hopeful to wear the same colors as one of the greatest college football players in history, and his success at the professional level despite an up-and-down life off the field is a testament to his abilities. He remains a favorite on campus and among Virginia Tech fans, who are always ready to recognize his huge impact on the football program and the University as a whole.

Where Is Blacksburg Virginia


2013 Where Is Blacksburg Virginia

Virginia Tech University is located in the heart of Blacksburg, Virginia. It is a region rich in culture and geological diversity, and it’s home to a school that is considered one of the most powerful football institutions in the entire nation. Here’s a look at the campus itself and some plans on how to best access it, as well as a few can’t-miss spots in the surrounding area.

The Appalachian Mountains cut a strong path through the state of Virginia from northeast to southwest, and the popular stretch lies just to the north of campus. Those who visit Virginia Tech for football game will literally be within a few miles of the geological spectacle, which runs all the way from Maine to Georgia. The Appalachian Trail provides the entire area with an aura and mystique that comes with being deeply connected and appreciative of the Earth, and some members of the Virginia Tech football team have been known to train and strengthen their legs on its steep slopes leading up to the regular seasons. Movie fans will be able to easily access a region along a popular hiking trail where a scene from the 80s blockbuster Dirty Dancing was filmed.

The environment inside of Lane Stadium is often at a fever pitch, and the energy surrounding Hokies football has continued to rise since the arrival of head coach Frank Beamer many years ago. The team has become known for playing a tough nosed, never-back-down type of football, otherwise known as “Beamer Ball.” All Virginia Tech fans who are able to get their hands on tickets would be wise to adorn themselves in Virginia Tech gear from head to toe, because the vast majority of folks filling the seats are interested in openly showing their allegiance their favorite team.

As far as accessing the campus by way of automobile, the general sparseness of the surrounding areas makes things easier than usual. Virginia Tech University is essentially the opposite of a big city school located in the middle of everyday hustle and bustle. The city limits have a population of less than 50,000, and just over 150,000 residents call the entire metropolis and surrounding areas home. Simply put, the traffic jams are few and far between. A few open seats will likely be found at Gille’s, a downtown breakfast spot known for serving up delicious organic dishes.

Fans coming from southward cities such as Greensboro or Durham will find their way to Interstate 77, which connects with Interstate 81 about 30 miles southwest of campus. Taking state highway 460 will transport fans from Interstate 81 to the west edge of campus. Fans coming from all other areas will network a large collection of local highways linked to Highway 460, which is the largest thoroughfare over and through the Appalachian Trail in the nearby area.

Beamer Ball Once Again Producing Top Notch Results

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Beamer Ball Once Again Producing Top Notch Results

Virginia Tech Hokies football fans were hopeful but skeptical heading into this season. Head coach Frank Beamer is a legend and quarterback Logan Thomas appears to be one of the best in the Atlantic Coast Conference, but previous meltdowns in recent years had a large and passionate fan base subscribing to a wait-and-see type of attitude. Enter the 2013 Hokies, a confident team that has quickly rebounded from a loss in the first week to establish themselves as a force to be reckoned with.

It is true that Virginia Tech lost 35 – 10 at the hands of the Alabama Crimson Tide in the opening kickoff weekend of the college football year. The result was just about what the oddsmakers in Las Vegas predicted and no surprise to anybody who follows college football closely. Impressively, Virginia Tech has responded in the month following the nationally-televised loss with four consecutive convincing victories. The most recent triumph came this past Thursday evening against the Georgia Tech Yellowjackets in Atlanta.

In what is often looked at as one of the fiercest rivalries in the conference, Virginia Tech was able to completely stymie the Yellowjacket offense throughout the first half. Logan Thomas ended up with 221 yards passing after completing 19 out of 25 passes. One of the throws was a 21-yard touchdown toss to DJ Coles just a few minutes into the first quarter. Thomas visited the endzone himself early in the second quarter with a 5-yard rush that put his squad up 14 – 0 and in total command of the game.

Georgia Tech could manage only a field goal throughout the first 30 minutes before they were able to reach the endzone for the first time in the third quarter to make the score 10 – 14. Virginia Tech was unfazed by their efforts and Thomas quickly marched the Hokies down the field on an eight play 39-yard drive that set up a field goal to put them ahead 17 – 10, which ended up being the final score.

Optimistic fans now look ahead at the schedule that remains in the 2013 season, hopeful that Virginia Tech might actually have a shot at a BCS Bowl game. The remaining schedule is filled with mid-tier teams that don’t propose much of a threat, and the most challenging battle left on the slate is on Saturday, November 9 when Virginia Tech will be asked to travel to Miami Gardens, Florida to play the Hurricanes on their home turf.

Frank Beamer is a living coaching legend that can basically do whatever he wants, but it is clear that he will not be at the helm in Blacksburg forever. This year’s team just might bring enough attention to the University to give them one final push of success reminiscent of what happened with Michael Vick just after the turn-of-the-century. In the meantime, Hokies fans can expect to see a talented team perform to the top of their abilities thanks to motivation from a good coaching staff and a very passionate fan base that turns out in full force for each home game.

College Football Rule Changes New To 2013


College Football Rule Changes New To 2013  

Savvy NCAA football fans are well aware of the ins and outs governing every single play, but even the most hard-core can have a difficult time keeping up with the various off-season rule changes before they actually see them implemented in regular season play. We have reviewed every adjustment and modification to the college football rulebook and boiled the list down to a short discussion featuring the most important.

Many off-season rule changes were designed to minimize injuries, especially those that result from a hit to an essentially defenseless player. A handful of acts that occur on the football field have been defined as putting a player in a “defenseless” situation. Unloading on a kicker just after they kick a ball, hitting a kick returner just after they catch a ball, smacking a ballcarrier who has fallen to the ground or hammering one who is clearly out of the field of play will not only be noted with a 15-yard penalty, it will also result in an ejection of the offender.

One distinctly gray area in the collection of situations defining defenseless players is “A receiver whose focus is on catching a pass.” How this ends up being legislated will go a long way toward determining the course of the regular season for many defense-oriented schools. 15-yard penalties and automatic first downs are damaging enough, but the immediate removal of a player who could certainly be an instrumental piece of any school’s stop unit is such a powerful deterrent that it could easily lead to members of the secondary approaching the game entirely differently.

Other rules seem to be aimed at bringing college football up to speed with the professional ranks. Referees will now be allowed to institute an automatic 10 second runoff when the clock stops within the final minute of each half as a result of an injured player. The clock obviously stops in the immediate wake of any first down, but quarterbacks will no longer be given the option to spike the ball to stop the clock if less than four seconds remain on it. This is an interesting new limitation that will likely come into play at some point near the middle of the season in a very important, nationally-televised game.

A handful of cosmetic rules aimed at sorting out jersey numbers are also going into effect at the beginning of the season. Players on the same team simply cannot wear the same number, a practice that had gotten a little out of hand under Head Coach Lane Kiffin at the University of Southern California and on a few other campuses in recent years. Given that each player is presented with 100 different options from 0 through 99, the NCAA decided it was high time to demand that every team gives every player a unique uniform number. Additionally, the school will be penalized substantially if their jersey numbers are too close of a match in color tone with the jersey itself. This rule is seen as a necessary and logical step toward allowing teams to camouflage information that could be important to defensive coaches and players on the defensive unit.

Interestingly, the NCAA Rules Committee did review a proposed rule change that they ultimately rejected. It involved prohibiting teams from wearing the same color jerseys or as close to the same color as they could possibly get to the color of their playing field. The rule is obviously aimed at eliminating the perceived advantage that the Boise State Broncos have on their home field blue turf, but implementing it would have stepped a bit too far into the realm of jurisdiction which comes to teams that happen to wear shades of green that resemble natural grass.

Much Comes into Focus Throughout College Football’s Second Week


Much Comes into Focus Throughout College Football’s Second Week

After a long off-season in which many fan bases allowed both anticipation and expectations to build, the 2013 NCAA college football season finally began about a week and a half ago. In the 10 days since, a whole lot of truths have been scribbled onto the wall of this year’s campaign, and a few teams are riding high and riding low. Here’s a fast-paced breakdown of the action from Week 2 of what is sure to be a fast-moving college football season.

The Alabama Crimson Tide did not play last weekend, but the #2-ranked Oregon Ducks made the longest journey away from their campus in Eugene since the 70s to play the Virginia Cavaliers on their home turf. The Ducks brought the pain from start to finish, proving to be too fast and too deep at the talent positions for a spirited Virginia team cheered on by sold-out crowd. The final ended up being 59 – 10, and Oregon stopped short of putting their proverbial foot on Virginia’s proverbial throat, it was a clear signal to the entire nation that the Ducks are here to win a National Championship.

The Ohio State Buckeyes had their way with the San Diego State Aztecs at home in Columbus, but they lost starting quarterback Braxton Miller early in the game to what appeared to be a knee injury. The #3-ranked Buckeyes are riding a winning streak that extends back to the 2011 season, but all bets are off if Miller is unable to suit up and get under center throughout the rest of the season.

The 4th-ranked team in the nation is the Clemson Tigers, and they appear intent on not letting go of their top-flight ranking. They took care of the second test on their schedule by dismantling South Carolina State at home, and they will now head into the bulk of a conference schedule that is among the most difficult in the nation.

Many college football fans in the South had their attention fixed firmly on the South Carolina versus Georgia game that unfolded between the hedges in Athens late Saturday afternoon. The offensive juggernauts exchanged blows throughout the first half and went into halftime tied at 24, but Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray and stud running back Todd Gurley were clearly not going to let this team lose two in a row to start the season, and they prevailed with an 11-point victory. The loss will certainly mean a slip in the rankings for South Carolina, who came into the game at the nation’s sixth-ranked team.

Many SEC fans expected the Florida Gators to do big things this year and perhaps even make some noise in the BCS Bowl picture. The possibility for that was dealt a major setback in Miami on Saturday afternoon as the Gators were unable to establish a consistency on offense and were seemingly outcoached for the first time in the Will Muschamp era.

Other top-ranked teams such as LSU, Stanford and Texas A&M all took care of business at home. The other game featuring two teams in the top-25 pitted the Notre Dame Fighting Irish against the Michigan Wolverines in a raucous and jam-packed Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor. Michigan set the pace in this game and controlled the tempo throughout, although Notre Dame fought back in the second half to make the final score a respectable one at 30 – 41. Interestingly, it was the exact same final score as the only other game that featured two ranked teams.

2013 Virginia Tech Quality T-shirts


2013 Virginia Tech Quality T-shirts

There are many types of Tee shirts made in the world of college merchandise, but true Virginia Tech fans have learned how to tell the difference between a quality Hokies shirt and one that is not worth purchasing. Every shirt you will find here satisfies the following criteria for being a truly great VT T-shirt.

For starters, a quality Virginia Tech football T-shirt has to be comfortable and affordable. In order for this to be achieved, our shirts are made with soft, high-performance fabrics that give each of them a vintage feel. In an era of mass-producing, Tee shirt manufacturers got a bit off track in terms of quality during the past few decades, but we understand the importance of maintaining a very high level of quality with each product we offer. Our Under Armor shirts are especially popular with folks who play sports competitively on any level.

Good Hokies T-shirts also have to be stylish with attractive graphics. A wide range of styles and designs can be found on this site, ranging from the most old-school and vintage looks to the most modern interpretations of the Virginia Tech logo. In recent years, the purple-skinned Hokies mascot has undergone a dramatic physical evolution, clearly a result of spending hundreds of hours of hard work in the gym. The modern-day mascot appears to be able to bench press as much as Bruce Smith while running as fast as Michael Vick. Additionally, we have T-shirts in the classic Virginia Tech colors, including “Chicago Maroon” and classic burnt orange. T-shirts featuring a variety of gray tones complemented by both of those unmistakable hues are also readily available.

Many of our shirts strike the perfect balance between being rare and recognizable. Many patterns will allow you to show off the classic VT logo of the proud school that has been a dominant force in Division I football for the past three decades, and an incredible array of options means that you will be able to wear a common look in a unique way. possess a large variety of Tee shirt options for Virginia Tech fans, including the most classic and vintage threads to the most modern and recently produced designs. By having a finger on the pulse of the entire Hokie nation, we continue to provide fans in and around Blacksburg and all over the world with comfortable and high-quality T-shirts at great prices that allow fans to proudly display their Virginia Tech allegiance and spirit in style.

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Best Local Places To Eat Near Virginia Tech Campus


Best Local Places To Eat Near Virginia Tech Campus

Folks outside of Virginia are probably generally unaware of the culinary greatness that is going on within the city of Blacksburg, home to Virginia Tech University. It should come as no surprise that a campus where some of the most advanced technological breakthroughs and achievements are taking place has a large and diverse selection of excellent eats just steps outside of campus. Here’s a breakdown of some of the best spots to visit for each meal of the day.

Breakfast – Gillie’s Inspired Vegetarian Cuisine & Seafood

Gillie’s is one of the most progressive and health-conscious restaurant in town, which is not something that is commonly found steps outside of a major North American campus. Many of the students and members of the general population of Blacksburg have increasingly become interested in the most modern fusions and creations that the culinary industry has to offer. Everyone who sets foot inside this locale about a half-mile north of Lane Stadium is in store for good food that will give them energy to tackle a large day of events. Impressively, the overwhelming majority of the few dozen delicious breakfast options can be prepared using a process that keeps them gluten-free and/or entirely vegan. Hearty and filling plates stacked with common American breakfast ingredients come out of the kitchen nearly every minute, and folks in the mood for a sweet breakfast should check out the Belgian Waffle or the Banana Walnut French Toast.

Lunch – Boudreaux’s

The French Cajun influence in Blacksburg is still plain to see in several establishments around town, and Boudreaux’s Louisiana Kitchen may be one of the single greatest places to experience this cuisine. Founded in the mid-1990s, this place quickly gained a reputation as one of the most comfortable and classy in a region full of esteemed establishments. Local food that represents the region and the people is the ongoing theme of this popular and somewhat upscale lunch and dinner locale.

Those paying a visit to Blacksburg can experience some top shelf Cajun eats for very reasonable prices during lunchtime, when favorites such as Spinach & Crawfish Dip and a variety of shrimp-based dishes appear on the menu alongside classics such as Oyster Rockefeller. It is difficult to go wrong with the Po’ Boy for lunch, and five different meat preparation options will satisfy any palate.

Dinner – Lefty’s Main Street Grille

Situated about a mile to the east of Lane Stadium is Lefty’s Main Street Grill. This place has a very impressive mixture of foreign-based and local dishes cooked by some of the most skilled chefs in the region. The dinner specials change on a regular basis, which is one of the reasons the locals enjoy dining here every bit as much as visitors to the city operating on word-of-mouth suggestions. Lefty’s is a perfect family establishment in the sense that mom and dad can partake in dishes such as Cucumber Dill Salmon or Duck Salad while the kids feast on Cali Burgers and grilled cheese sandwiches.

Dessert – Rita’s

Many of the tasty and colorful creations at this desert spot involved shaved ice, and the popular dessert spot has clearly perfected the art of putting the delicate dessert together. Cream ice, sugar-free Italian ice and Italian ice are the highlights of the menu, but Rita’s also has modern staples of the dessert realm such as Sundaes, Gelati and Misto — a blend of Italian ice and custard. It’s difficult to go wrong with anything on this menu, and low caloric totals keep guilt levels to a minimum.

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Virginia Tech Football 2013 Schedule Analysis

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 Virginia Tech 2013 Football Schedule

Sat, Aug 31 at Alabama 05:30 PM
Sat, Sep 7 Western Carolina 01:30 PM
Sat, Sep 14 at  East Carolina 12:00 PM
Sat, Sep 21 Marshall TBA
Thu, Sep 26 at  Georgia Tech 07:30 PM
Sat, Oct 5 North Carolina TBA
Sat, Oct 12 Pittsburgh TBA
Sat, Oct 26 Duke TBA
Sat, Nov 2 at  Boston College TBA
Sat, Nov 9 at  Miami (FL) TBA
Sat, Nov 16 Maryland TBA
Sat, Nov 30 at  Virginia TBA


Virginia Tech Football 2013 Schedule Analysis

The Virginia Tech Hokies have been a perennial contender in a competitive ACC since the arrival of head coach Frank Beamer many years ago. The team has become known for playing a rugged, gritty brand of football that is fueled by excellent special-teams play and an unstoppable running game.

The 2013 college football schedules were recently released, and Virginia Tech fans have plenty of reasons to be excited. Here’s a breakdown of the upcoming schedule and some analysis of the most important games.

The 2013 campaign will begin with a bang on the evening of Saturday, August 31 when the Hokies square off against defending National Champion Alabama Crimson Tide. The game will take place at a neutral site in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta and will be broadcast to a national audience via ESPN.

Needless to say, this will be the biggest game of the college football kickoff weekend, and Virginia Tech will have to have their ducks in a row in order to knock off an Alabama squad that is highly confident and deep on talent. Alabama head coach Nick Sabin will breakdown Virginia Tech’s offense and defense from every angle, so the Hokies will have to play a full 60 minutes of nearly flawless football in order to attain victory. If they are able to begin the season by knocking off the defending champions, it will lay the initial foundation for a legitimate run at a BCS Bowl.

The competition will get much lighter in the following weeks as Virginia Tech takes on Western Carolina, East Carolina and Marshall. The first and last of these three games will take place at Lane Stadium in Blacksburg, as will exactly half of the games on their 12 game schedule. It is actually very rare in the modern era for major college football programs to play exactly half their games on the road and half their games at home, but it is a clear demonstration of a confident school with a professional approach.

Many fans are already excited about the Thursday night showdown on September 26 between Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech at Bobby Dodd Stadium in the heart of Atlanta. These two teams are known for going at each other ferociously every season, and although both typically play a defense-oriented game, high point totals have been a regular occurrence in recent years. This game will be played off of only four days rest following the Marshall game.

The Hokies will play two more difficult games against North Carolina and Pittsburgh before they reach their first open date on Saturday, October 19. If they are indeed able to upset Alabama in Week 1, it could create a wave of momentum that propels them to a 7 – 0 beginning.

Things don’t get much easier down the stretch, and the Hokies will play a Duke Blue Devils squad that has been very feisty in recent years and is steadily becoming more talented. The first game in November will be against the Boston College Eagles at Alumni Stadium in Massachusetts, which will be followed the next weekend by a difficult road game against the Miami Hurricanes at Sun Life Stadium. The Hokies will then return to Lane Stadium for their final home game of the year against the Maryland Terrapins on Saturday, November 16.

All four of these matchups are going to be very challenging, and it is quite conceivable that Virginia Tech will have incurred a loss or two by this point in time. The schedule makers gifted them with a second open week in late November, allowing them time to prepare for the annual rivalry against the Virginia Cavaliers on the afternoon of November 30.

Confident fans have also circled Saturday, December 7 on their calendars, which will be the date of the ACC Championship Game. The season will likely come down to whether or not Virginia Tech can take care of business against ACC Coastal rivals North Carolina, Miami and Georgia Tech. If they’re able to win all three of those games, they will likely be a cinch for the ACC Championship, where they could face a fellow perennial college football powerhouse such as Florida State or Clemson.

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2013 Virginia Tech Hokies Football Team Analysis


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.