2007 Spring Football Preview: Wide Receivers and Tight Ends

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Now that we’ve finished talking about what should be another outstanding
defense, it’s time to move on to the offensive side of the ball. There are a lot
more question marks on offense, although the Hokies do return a lot of talent at
certain positions, such as wide receiver. Those receivers, as well as an
improved group of tight ends, should be two of Tech’s strengths on offense this

The Hokies lost David Clowney, a likely first day selection in next month’s
NFL Draft, but they return four rising seniors at wide receiver. It is the most
experienced unit on the team, and it’s stocked with playmakers.

The group of tight ends is still young, but talented as well. Sam Wheeler
stepped up down the stretch last year, and Andre Smith will get on the field
this fall, adding to the quality depth at tight end.

Wide Receivers

Royal, 5-10, 181, Sr.

Eddie Royal is the most well-known player in Virginia Tech’s outstanding and
deep wide receiver corps. Small by most standards, Royal has great strength and
has shown good hands and tremendous ability in the open field during his career
in Blacksburg. He’ll use the spring of 2007 to battle for a starting spot with
Tech’s other three senior wide receivers.

With 86 career receptions, Royal is 40 behind Ernest Wilford’s Virginia Tech
record of 126 career catches. With so many good receivers for Sean Glennon or
Ike Whitaker to throw the ball to, Royal’s chances aren’t great, but the chance
is definitely there.

As usual, Royal will also make a big impact on special teams. He’ll likely
return punts and kickoffs for the second year in a row.

Josh Morgan, 6-1, 219, Sr.

Josh Morgan is a big, physical receiver who has emerged as one of Tech’s top
targets. Not only does he have great size and strength,