True Freshmen Update: Mid-July

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By my count, Virginia Tech has 24 scholarship true freshmen on campus, not counting placekicker Michael Santamaria. Let’s talk about their chances of earning playing time in 2014.

Today’s article is simply my initial opinion of the status of each player, based on what I know about them from the recruiting process (plus spring practice, if they were enrolled that early). I’ll update these statuses throughout the month of August, once practice begins and we get a chance to observe open scrimmages.

I’ve decided to assign a certain status level to each recruit to determine how likely it is that they play as true freshmen: very likely, likely, possible, unlikely, and very unlikely.  Right now, no true freshman has been eliminated from playing this year, though obviously some have much greater chances than others.

Here are my initial impressions of each player, based on the talent level and physical development of each freshman, and the challenges he faces based on the depth chart.

Ford gets set to fire
Ford gets set to fire

Quarterback

Andrew Ford – Unlikely. I think it’s unlikely that Andrew Ford plays this year. With Michael Brewer (r-Jr.), Brenden Motley (r-So.) and Mark Leal (r-Sr.) on the roster, the Hokies won’t need to play a true freshman quarterback this year unless one of them just happens to win the job. If they do need to play a true freshman, Ford would be the best option. He has been through spring practice, and he is much more prepared mentally to play at this stage.

Chris Durkin

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