Since 2006, every Virginia Tech fan has kept an eye on the progression of the offensive line. It was the weak spot of the Tech offense for three years, but since 2009 the production up front has gotten a lot better.
The Hokies lost four starters from last year’s team, but you’ve got to take a deeper look than that. One of the projected starters for 2012 played over 450 snaps last year without starting a game. Another was in the playing rotation before suffering a foot injury. One of the projected backups for 2012 has played over 500 snaps in his career at center and guard. There is much more experience up front than most folks realize.
Seven Starting Caliber Players
Seven players have a chance to start for Virginia Tech in the opener against Georgia Tech.
Nick Becton , LT (6-6, 328, r-Sr.) – Becton is one of the locks to start. He will be Virginia Tech’s every down left tackle in 2012. He is an excellent athlete, he can move his feet well, and he has plenty of experience after playing more than 450 snaps last season. Becton has the ability to be an elite college pass blocker. If he can play with more of a mean streak and get more physical at the point of attack, he can be a complete offensive tackle.
David Wang , LG (6-1, 286, r-Jr.) – At first glance, Wang doesn’t really look like a starting offensive guard for an ACC school. However, he’s probably the most technically sound lineman on the team. He was going to play a lot last season, but a broken foot sidelined him early in the East Carolina game. Wang is a tough, aggressive player who is a good pass blocker, and who doesn’t have trouble getting to the second level of the defense. I consider Wang to be locked into his starting spot.
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