Players to watch: Offense

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Considering there are a few inches of snow on the ground right now in Blacksburg, it’s hard to believe that spring practice begins in two days.  Throw in the fact that Whit Babcock hired Buzz Williams to coach the basketball team, and spring ball seems to have snuck up on us all this year. has not yet released a roster with updated heights and weights.  Expect that to come tomorrow or Thursday.  However, has released a spring roster without heights and weights.  A few names are missing:

WR E.L. Smiling: Smiling was set to be a r-senior this season, but he was buried on the depth chart by younger players and wasn’t expected to play a role this year.

WR Mark Irick: Irick had a stress fracture that forced him to miss his r-freshman season in 2013.  It’s not clear whether or not he will return for the fall.

OL Matt Arkema: Arkema was another rising r-senior who wasn’t in line for playing time.  We speculated that a couple of senior offensive linemen wouldn’t be returning, and it appears Arkema is one of them.

K/P Ethan Keyserling: Keyserling is a rising r-junior who played in two games last season.  He made three PATs against Marshall, and also missed three field goals in that game.

DE Matt Roth: Roth, a rising r-junior, had trouble with concussions last season.  We had heard that he would take a medical hardship, and that appears to be true.

If those players are indeed finished with football at Virginia Tech, let’s wish them all the best of luck in their future endeavors.

Every football team in the country goes into the spring with question marks, and Virginia Tech is no different.  It’s a very important spring for certain players at various positions.  Today we’ll take a quick look at those guys who will be looking to impress this spring.  I’m not going to include true freshmen, because whether or not those guys play well this spring, they still have their whole career ahead of them to prove themselves.

We’ll start with the offense today, and move ahead to the defense tomorrow.


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