Friday Q&A: August 1, 2014

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1: Who do you see emerging from the WR corps to be “the man” this season?

Chris Coleman: Virginia Tech currently has 15 wide receivers on the roster. 11 of them are scholarship players, and one of them is a former scholarship player (Kevin Asante; I’m assuming he’s currently not on scholarship). That’s a ton of competition, and somewhere down the line we can expect to see some attrition, because there simply won’t be enough game reps to go around, particularly with Bucky Hodges‘ ability to line up out wide as well.

I think Joshua Stanford (6-1, 196, r-So.) will be Virginia Tech’s best receiver this season. If any receiver on this team can qualify for “the man” status, it’s him. He has the best combination of athleticism and natural receiving ability of anyone on the team. Guys like Deon Newsome are better athletes, but they don’t possess Stanford’s natural receiving ability. Last season, he showed the ability to make plays in back-to-back games against Boston College and Miami.

As far as Willie Byrn (5-10, 183, r-Sr.) and Demitri Knowles (6-1, 178, r-Jr.) are concerned, I think we know who they are at this point. Byrn is a very productive slot receiver who has great instincts for the game. However, he has probably reached his ceiling because of his lack of size and breakaway speed. Knowles needs to get tougher and more physical, particularly when the ball is in the air, and he needs to do a better job of translating his impressive track speed to the football field.

I think the depth chart is wide open. Aaron Moorehead got the max potential out of his group last season, but he is certainly open to throwing some more talent into the mix.


2: Who will be Virginia Tech’s #1 quarterback on August 9, and will that set the style of VT’s offense in your opinion?

CC: August 9 is the day of Virginia Tech’s first full scrimmage, and I don’t think they will have settled on a starting quarterback by then. I think Michael Brewer and Brenden Motley will be tied atop the depth chart at that point, and it won’t be until the