Looking Ahead to the Spring: The Offense

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The 2009 football season is over, but we’re just two months away from the
beginning of spring practice. The Hokies have a number of questions to answer on
both sides of the ball, and they’ll begin to find their answers this spring.
Today we’ll take a quick peek ahead to spring practice, and look at the offense.

Virginia Tech technically returns seven starters on offense in 2010, but they
have other very experienced players who will fill a couple of the vacated
positions. Andre Smith has been an important part of the Tech offense the last
two seasons, and Greg Nosal played a lot in 2009. Those guys aren’t considered
returning starters, but they have basically been extra starters in the past.

Tech’s 2010 offense will be good, but at times it might look a little
different than it did in 2009 because of personnel. Will the Hokies find a
second (and third) tight end so they can run their multi-TE formations? Will
they find a good lead blocking fullback that they trust? The answers to those
questions will affect Tech’s formations, tendencies and game planning in 2010.
Hopefully there will be two good answers in the spring.


Depth Chart, Pre-Spring
Tyrod Taylor (Sr.)
Ju-Ju Clayton (r-So.)
Logan Thomas (r-Fr.)
Ricardo Young (Fr.)

Tyrod Taylor (6-1, 216, Sr.) will use this spring to stay sharp and stay on the
same page with his much improved group of wide receivers. There’s not much more
learning that Taylor can do at this stage. He knows the system, he knows his
reads, and he knows where to go with the football. It’s just a matter of staying
sharp, and gaining even more chemistry with his wideouts.