I want to believe

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There’s nothing wrong with taking a drink of optimism, as long as you mix in a splash of realism with it. There are certain aspects of this football team that make me optimistic, but I’m also a realist – the Hokies are breaking in a new offensive coaching staff, and those new coaches are going to have to use a ton of freshmen.

As always, every football season is filled with “what ifs” and question marks. In reality, none of us know how a season is going to go. Those of us who assumed that last season would be yet another 10-win season for Frank Beamer were sadly mistaken. You never really know how it’s going to play out until, well, it starts playing out.

There a few things I want to believe this year as a Virginia Tech football fan, but the realist in me has me pulling back a bit.

I want to believe the defense will be dominant, but…

Bud Foster

Bud Foster returns his entire defensive line. He brings back a couple of excellent linebackers. The safeties are veterans, and Kyle Fuller is back for his senior season. There are many reasons to be excited about his defense this year.

Members of this Tech defense have combined to start 189 career games at Virginia Tech, and that’s not counting Antone Exum (injured) and Corey Marshall (status unknown). If you throw those guys back in the mix, that number jumps up to 226. There are few defenses across the entire country which can match the experience level of this group.

Just think about most of these players individually:

James Gayle (r-Sr.): a starter since he was a sophomore, and he saw lots of action as a freshman as well.

J.R. Collins (r-Sr.): see James Gayle .

Derrick Hopkins (Sr.): see James Gayle and J.R. Collins .