2009 Virginia Tech Football Preview: Wide Receivers and Tight Ends

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Last year, Virginia Tech had to get through the entire season with a group of
wide receivers who had never played a down in a college game. It was a struggle,
and the passing game was non-existent for much of the year as a result. This
year there is more experience, as well as a few talented backups who are ready
to step up.

Danny Coale, Jarrett Boykin and Dyrell Roberts all have a year of experience
under their belts. They are all only sophomores, and they are being heavily
pressed by a couple of young r-freshmen on the depth chart.

Tech has size, speed and athleticism at receiver. From top to bottom, this
group is probably the most talented in the ACC. However, they are still a very
young group of players.

Split End

#81 – Jarrett Boykin (6-2, 215, So.)

Boykin was Tech’s best receiver down the stretch last year, catching 21
passes over the final six games of the season. Overall he contributed 30 catches
for 441 yards and two touchdowns. Boykin has big hands, which means he can snag
tough passes out of the air with ease.

He doesn’t have exceptional speed, but Boykin is a very good possession
receiver who can make plays downfield because of his strength and solid leaping
ability. He’s similar in stature to former Tech receiver Josh Morgan, though he
doesn’t have the same deep speed.

Boykin caught a touchdown pass in each of the last two regular season games
in 2008. They were the only touchdown catches by a wide receiver all season.

#29 – Xavier Boyce (6-4, 223, r-Fr.)

Xavier Boyce played in the first three games of last season, catching one
pass against East Carolina, before a knee injury forced him to take a medical
redshirt. He was back for the spring, when he developed into one of Tyrod
Taylor’s

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