Biggest questions, #5: Special Teams

Like most teams, the Hokies have their share of question marks. To me, none is more important than special teams.

It doesn’t get much worse than Virginia Tech’s special teams performance in 2013. Check out these numbers…

11 missed field goals (2nd most in the country)
KO returns: #76
KO return defense: #56
Net punting: #52
Punt returns: #105 (it’s hard to believe 18 teams were worse)
Punt return defense: #106 (it’s hard to believe 17 teams were worse)

When the most you have to brag about on special teams is a #52 ranking in net punting, then you know things are very bad. Like the running game and interceptions, improvement on special teams is critical for Tech’s success in 2014.