Virginia Tech Hokies Football Season Preview History
2013 Virginia Tech Football Preview:
The Virginia Tech Hokies finished 2012 with a winning record, but to many, the season was considered a disappointment. This is a testament to the standard of excellence that Frank Beamer has established since becoming the head coach. The Hokies are hoping the 3-game winning streak to end the season will catapult them into having a strong 2013. The defense will once again be the rock for Virginia Tech as nine starters return to a unit that ranked in the top 20 in the country. Senior quarterback Logan Thomas returns as the signal caller for an offense that will need to play much better in 2013.
The Hokies start the season by playing in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at the Georgia Dome against the defending champions Alabama Crimson Tide. Blacksburg continues to be one of the most difficult places to play in college football and with six home games on the schedule, Lane Stadium will play a huge part in Virginia Tech’s success.
2011 Virginia Tech Football Preview:
Few schools have been as consistent over the last decade as Virginia Tech. Under the guidance of head coach Frank Beamer, the Hokies have played in a bowl game every year since 1993 and dominated the ACC since joining in 2004. With a strong collection of young talent, there's no reason why Beamer can't once again lead his team to a conference title.
Although the Hokie offense has to replace the production of quarterback Tyrod Taylor, they certainly have a suitable fit in Logan Thomas. Not only does he have an impressive 6-foot-5 frame, but since he was originally recruited as a tight end he will be able to run with ease. As for his surrounding cast, running back Davis Wilson will lead the way and receiver Jarrett Boykin, who will provide an excellent target.
Virginia Tech is largely known for its defensive prowess, and fans shouldn't expect that to change this year. Although they will only return five starters, defensive coordinator Bud Foster certainly knows which holes to fill. This year, the biggest question mark on the Virginia Tech defense is on its defensive line, as it will be without its top performers from last year. However, their secondary and linebacking corps should pick up the slack.
2010 Virginia Tech Football Preview
It's all about momentum for the Virginia Tech Hokies football team. In 2008, the team captured its seventh conference championship, reigning over the ACC, and in 2009, head coach Frank Beamer fell into a second-place tie for the most wins among active coaches in Division I college football.
While it might take quite a few years to catch the leader, Joe Paterno, Beamer has the luxury of an experienced team with a slew of returning starters. And since the Hokies have received a bowl game bid in every season since 1993, these players know what's on the line in 2010.
Entering the new season, Virginia Tech returns two running backs who have each compiled more than 1,000 rushing yards in a single season. Darren Evans set school records as a freshman in 2008, running for 11 touchdowns and 1,265 yards - including 253 in a single game.
When Evans was out with an ACL tear last season, Ryan Williams stood in, scoring 21 TDs of his own. Teamed up with senior quarterback Tyrod Taylor and sound blocking receivers Jarrett Boykin and Dyrell Roberts, this two-headed attack is sure to shred opposing defenses.
2009 Virginia Tech Football Preview
Head Coach: Frank Beamer
The Virginia Tech Hokies have been one of the top teams in college football for well over a decade, but they have yet to win a National Title during that span. They played for one when Michael Vick led his team to the Sugar Bowl, but have yet to get that elusive crystal football. 2009 might the season that the Hokies and Head Coach Frank Beamer get over the hump. VaTech returns an impressive array of talent from 2008 including quarterback Tyrod Taylor. If Taylor can get the offense rolling, defensive coordinator Bud Foster gets the defense going and Beamer gets their special teams playing "Beamer Ball," then look out for the Hokies. Virginia Tech fans just might find themselves doing the Hokie Pokey in Pasadena in early January 2010.
2008 Virginia Tech Football Preview
Head Coach: Frank Beamer
The ACC's foremost contender for a national title is coming back in 2008, primarily concerned with filling holes left at the end of last year. Two quarterbacks will likely take control of this Virginia Tech team, substituting for each other because of each's unique abilities. Sean Glennon and Tyrod Taylor should give the Hokies enough power to make some offensive plays and win some games. However, it will be up to the defense to keep alive a weak returning offense.
Cornerbacks Brandon Flowers and Victor Harris are going to be the big defensive movers for this year's Hokies team. Head Coach Frank Beamer will have to rethink the defensive strategy, as he is losing two big-name linebackers and three defensive line starters. The strong secondary will have to make some big plays to keep the Hokies on their toes, and to give the new recruits an opportunity for some game experience.
The Virginia Tech Hokies football team is perennially one of the most competitive teams in college football. Head Coach Frank Beamer is ranked 3rd among active coaches in winning percentage. Only Bobby Bowden and Joe Paterno have better records. The Virginia Tech Hokies have made it to a bowl game every year since 1993, giving them the fourth longest postseason streak in the nation. Virginia Tech Hokies have five conference championships and played for a national championship in 2000, losing to the Florida State Seminoles in the Sugar Bowl.