2012 Virginia Tech Hokies Football Preview
2011 Record: 11-3 (7-1 ACC)
Head Coach: Frank Beamer, twenty-sixth season (209-98-2 at Virginia Tech) (251-121-4 overall)
Projected Returning Starters: 13
Spring Game: April 21st (cancelled)
Notes: Since Virginia Tech’s entry into the ACC, the Hokies have had double digit win seasons every year. Only twice have the Hokies not made the ACC title game (they are 4-2 in the ACC Title game). Coach Beamer, a Virginia Tech alum, is the current longest serving head coach in college football, with the late-Coach Joe Paterno’s termination taking place last season. Coach Beamer’s staff has played a large role in the success of the program. Bryan Stinespring has served as offensive coordinator the past nine seasons, 21 years in total on Beamer’s staff, while Bud Foster has served as defensive coordinator the past nine seasons, 26 years in total on Beamer’s staff. Despite the success Virginia Tech has had, they failed to win the ACC, losing twice to Clemson, 23-3 in the regular season and 38-10 in the ACC Championship.
BVTSB Take: Virginia Tech has long been known for their strong defense and special teams. Last year, the Hokies were seventh in the nation in points given up, allowing an average of 17.6 points per game. But the offense wasn’t great, only fifty-seventh in the nation in points scored, with 27.9 points per game. Since 2007, Virginia Tech is 14-11 against ranked opponents. Virginia Tech returns quarterback Logan Thomas. Thomas threw for 3013 yards, 19 touchdowns, but 10 interceptions last year. Expect Thomas’ touchdown passes to increase this year. He loses his top two targets, Danny Coale and Jarrett Boykin, who are now members of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers, respectively. The two combined for 1665 yards receiving and eight touchdowns last season. Starter Marcus Davis does return – he had 510 receiving yards and five touchdowns. Starting alongside Davis will be Dyrell Roberts and DJ Coles. Roberts and Coles combined for 525 receiving yards and three touchdowns. Clearly Roberts and Coles will have a long way to go to matching Coale and Boykin’s production. The Hokies also lose running back David Wilson, who elected to forego his senior season to sign with the NFL’s New York Giants. Wilson rushed for over 1700 yards last season, with nine touchdowns. Expect redshirt freshman Michael Holmes to start in his place, with JC Coleman backing him up. Neither Holmes nor Coleman have any carries. Expect the running game to be a bit down from last season. The biggest concern might be the offensive line, which only returns one starter. C Andrew Miller does return, having started 14 games last year. The other four starters are projected to be RG Brent Benedict, LG David Wang, RT Vinston Painter, and LT Nick Becton. Benedict is a transfer from Georgia, Wang played a small number of players before being out for the season due to injury, Painter played in 12 games last year, and Becton played in 14 games last season. The inexperience on the line, coupled with an experienced run game, is going to be a hurdle for the Hokies to overcome. Virginia Tech plays Austin Peay, Pittsburgh, Bowling Green, and Cincinnati in non-conference. They should be 3-1 in those games, if not 4-0. Virginia Tech does play a pair of favorites out of the Atlantic Division – Clemson and Florida State – but they also draw Boston College. Road games against North Carolina and Miami could be troublesome. Virginia Tech is thrown into the fire when they open against Georgia Tech on September 3rd. Because North Carolina is on probation, Virginia Tech only has to worry about Georgia Tech as legitimate competition – the Yellow Jackets play BOTH North Carolina and Virginia Tech on the road, as well as Clemson. I like Virginia Tech to return to the ACC Title game, but they could slip below double digit wins for the regular season.
2012 Early Projection: 10-2
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