An Open Competition at Wideout

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Virginia Tech lost three senior receivers following the 2012 season.  This year, it’s imperative that Logan Thomas find multiple receivers that he trusts, and those receivers must also improve their blocking downfield in the running game.  New wide receivers coach Aaron Moorehead has talent to work with, but at this point it is undeveloped talent.

I’m going to break down Tech’s players by scholarship and non-scholarship players, because I do think the Hokies have a couple of walk-ons who could potentially factor in this year.

The Scholarship Players

Virginia Tech has nine wide receivers on scholarship, though if I were a betting man I’d bet that we see some turnover at that position before the start of the season.  This is simply my own order of Tech’s wide receivers, based on what I’ve seen, experience levels, and gut feel.  I don’t know what that opening depth chart is going to look like.  Aaron Moorehead has never coached these guys before, so everyone will have an equal chance to impress him.

D.J. Coles (6-4, 226, r-Sr.): Virginia Tech really missed D.J. Coles last year.  He caught 36 passes for 480 yards and three touchdowns in 2011, and was Tech’s #3 receiver that year.  He’s a very good athlete for his size.  However, is he 100% following his run of knee injuries?  That’s a question I plan to ask this spring.  Besides being Tech’s most consistent receiver, he is also by far their best blocker on the perimeter.  Just ask Virginia’s Steve Greer.

Demitri Knowles (6-1, 177, r-So.): Knowles finished last season with 19 catches for 240 yards and a touchdown.  He came to Virginia Tech as a very raw player blessed with a lot of speed (4.28 in the 40 last year).  I think he’s made good progress in a short amount of time.  He started the final three games of the season for the Hokies.  Even if Knowles doesn’t develop anymore at all, he’ll always have a spot in the playing rotation because of his speed.  He can run by any corner in college football.  He needs to make progress on the little things, including his blocking.  He was a willing blocker last year, but he wasn’t strong enough