Question Marks in the Kicking Game

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Virginia Tech will be facing some very good teams this year, such as Boise
State, Georgia Tech, North Carolina and Miami. Those games are expected to be
very close, win or lose. In the past, the Hokies have been able to rely on
special teams to get them over the hump in close games. In 2010, special teams
are one of the major concerns heading into the season.

The Hokies lost starting placekicker Matt Waldron, as well as starting
punter/holder Brent Bowden. Both players were first team All-ACC last year, and
Bowden is taking his talents to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who drafted him in the
sixth round (before they took Cody Grimm!).

Bowden was the most talented punter the Hokies have ever had, and you can’t
argue with Waldron’s production either. If Tech can’t find suitable replacements
for those two critical players, then 2010 isn’t going to be quite as good as we
all think it can be.

Field goal kicking has been extremely important since Tech joined the ACC in
2004. In fact, the Hokies have missed only 24 field goals out of 146 attempts in
the last six years.

ACC
Field Goals
Team FGM FGA Pct.

VT
122 146 83.6%

NC State
82 107 76.6%

UNC
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