On September 1, Virginia Tech will open the season against East Carolina.
It’s a strong bet that the Hokies are going to win that game, but a number of
things need to happen between now and then to ensure that the rest of the season
is as successful as possible.
Each year, every team has strengths and weaknesses. The winning teams find
ways to address their weaknesses, or cover them up with their strengths. The
Hokies have done that for 14 years in a row under Frank Beamer, and now are
looking to do it again. As strong as the Hokies are at linebacker, defensive
back and wide receiver, they are going back to a bowl game. How well the weaker
units perform will determine if that bowl game is in December or January, and
whether a conference championship is in the cards.
1) Offensive Line Depth
This is the fourth year in a row that the Hokies have had offensive line
questions heading into the season. Thankfully, things looked a lot better this
past spring than they did a year ago at this time. Tech’s starting five looks
good, and everyone is finally playing at their natural position.
If the season began tomorrow, the offensive line would look like this, from
left to right: Duane Brown, Nick Marshman, Ryan Shuman, Sergio Render and Ed
Wang. Behind that however, things aren’t as clear.
Offensive Line Depth Chart
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