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Top 25 Countdown: #21 Virginia Tech Hokies

AlexMeltzer June 24, 2012 0

2011 Results
Sep. 3 Appalachian State W 66-13
Sep. 10 at East Carolina W 17-10
Sep. 17 Arkansas State W 26-7
Sep. 24 at Marshall W 30-10
Oct. 1 Clemson L 3-23
Oct. 8 Miami W 38-35
Oct. 15 at Wake Forest W 38-17
Oct. 22 Boston College W 30-14
Oct. 29 at Duke W 14-10
Nov. 5 OPEN DATE
Nov. 10 at Georgia Tech W 37-26
Nov. 17 North Carolina W 24-21
Nov. 26 at Virginia W 38-0
ACC Championship Game
Dec. 3 Clemson L 10-38
All-State Sugar Bowl
Jan. 3 Michigan (OT) L 20-23

2012 Schedule
Sep. 3 Georgia Tech
Sep. 8 Austin Peay
Sep. 15 at Pittsburgh
Sep. 22 Bowling Green
Sep. 29 Cincinnati
Oct. 6 at North Carolina
Oct. 13 Duke
Oct. 20 at Clemson
Oct. 27 OPEN DATE
Nov. 1 at Miami
Nov. 8 Florida State
Nov. 17 at Boston College
Nov. 24 Virginia

Head Coach: Frank Beamer | Record: 209-98; 25 Years | Offensive Coordinator: Bryan Stinespring | Defensive Coordinator: Bud Foster | Returning Starters: 12: 3 Offense, 9 Defense
At #21 in our preseason Top 25 is the Virginia Tech Hokies. Virginia Tech finished last season with a record of 11-3, their eighth straight double-digit win season. A loss to Clemson kept them from an undefeated regular season, and then another loss to the Tigers kept them from winning the ACC Championship trophy.

The Hokies are gearing up for another successful season in 2012, led by coach Frank Beamer. Beamer, the longest tenured and winningest coach in college football, has built quite the program in Blacksburg. Tech has won three ACC Championships in the last five seasons and looks to be in contention for a fourth.

OFFENSE

Virginia Tech is completely rebuilding its offense after only returning three starters from last year’s team. A team that ranked 35th nationally in yards per game. It will be very interesting to see if offensive coordinator Bryan Stinespring continues to rebuild the team around its running game, or if they will center it around junior quarterback Logan Thomas.

Thomas could prove to be a potential star, with great talent and an defensive-line-sized body (6-6, 262). He finished last season with a school-record 3,482 total yards, tying the Virginia Tech record for rushing touchdowns in a season by a quarterback with 11. His 234 completions, 391 attempts, and 3,013 yards passing all rank second in school history for a single season.

However, the Hokies’ offensive identity throughout Beamer’s tenure has always been with running the football. They are losing David Wilson and his school record 1,709 rushing yards to the NFL (left early) along with four offensive linemen.

Consider this, since 1999, Virginia Tech is 119-12 when they outrush their opponents.

Logan Thomas has the talent and ability to elevate the offense but with only three returning starters, he will need to carry the team… at least early on.

DEFENSE

This might be one of the best defenses Virginia Tech has had in years, which is saying something when you glance at their level of play under defensive coordinator Bud Foster.

Last season, the defense was good but never could seem to reach that “elite” level due to injuries and a lack of depth. This year, it appears they have that with nine returning starters, including the entire front seven.

In fact, Virginia Tech has a rotation of eight defensive lineman that has Bud Foster extremely excited for the new season. Foster says the team will be more aggressive.

OVERVIEW

Virginia Tech has a good quarterback and defense, which is usually a good barometer on success in college football, but there are certainly some question marks. Tech’s offense is definitely a work in progress so they will need to be carried, which puts a lot of pressure on the quarterback and defense. Also, they face a tough schedule, with five games against teams coming off of bye weeks, along with road trips to Miami and Clemson. This could easily be the season that Beamer and the Hokies don’t reach double-digit wins, but I am surely not going to bet against them. I can easily see them representing the Coastal division once again in the ACC Championship game.

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