Spring Football: Big Battle at Wideout

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Virginia Tech’s top three receivers this year are experienced players.  Behind them, there is a big group of players who will spend the spring battling each other for playing time.

The Hokies lost Jarrett Boykin (184 catches, 2884 yards, 18 touchdowns) and Danny Coale (165 catches, 2658 yards, 8 touchdowns), so there will be plenty of opportunities for Tech’s returning players to catch passes.  This spring will be about building trust between Logan Thomas and those new receivers.

The top returning receiver is D.J. Coles (6-3, 224, Sr.), but he will miss the spring after undergoing knee surgery.  Coles had 36 catches for 480 yards and 3 touchdowns last year as Tech’s third receiver.  His absence this spring means that the younger, unproven wideouts will get more reps.

The Top Two

There will be two proven receivers for Logan Thomas to throw to this spring.  However, Mike O’Cain mentioned in an early March interview that Dyrell Roberts (6-2, 196, r-Sr.) might not be able to scrimmage.  Roberts redshirted last season after breaking his arm against Arkansas State.  If Roberts can’t go, that means that Marcus Davis (6-4, 228, r-Sr.) will be the only proven receiver on the field this spring.

Dyrell Roberts

Even though both have a lot of experienced, they still have work to do.  Roberts has been Tech’s best deep threat in the past, from a speed perspective (Boykin was the best deep threat from a strength and size perspective).  He has developed better ball skills throughout the course of his career, but he has been affected by injuries in each of the past two seasons.

Roberts played tailback in high school, so it was an adjustment for him to move to wide receiver at the college level.  If he is indeed incapable of scrimmaging