In case you haven’t heard, Virginia Tech returns the majority of their roster for the 2015 season. Today we’ll take a look at exactly what percentage of their production returns on the offensive side of the ball. In a later article, we’ll do the same thing for defense.
This will be a very short article, but it’s going to give you an idea of exactly what the Hokies have coming back…
Rushing yards: 1878 out of 1923 (97.6%)
The Hokies bring back all of their rushing yardage from 2014 with the exception of Derek DiNardo (30 yards on a fake punt), Mark Leal (7 yards) and Joshua Stanford (14 yards). Tech also lost six yards as a team at one point, which accounts for the differences between the total between DiNardo/Leal/Stanford (51 yards) and the difference between 1878 and 1923 (45).
At any rate, you get the point. If you throw out DiNardo’s 30 yard rush, the percentage would be even higher. Nearly everyone who played a major role in carrying the football will have a chance to do the same in 2015.
Receptions: 216 out of 271 (79.7%)
Despite losing Willie Byrn and his 47 catches, the Hokies still bring back nearly 80% of their receptions from a year ago. They also lose Joshua Stanford (7 catches) and Greg Gadell (1 catch). That’s not a lot. They basically only lose one contributor, considering Stanford barely played anyway.
One of the biggest questions of the offseason is finding someone to replace Willie Byrn’s production. Other than that, the Hokies don’t have any holes to fill.
Receiving yards: 2359 out of 2826 (83.5%)
Again, the Hokies bring back nearly all their production from 2014. Though Byrn caught 47 passes, he only averaged 8.3 yards per catch. The majority of Tech’s receiving yards came from more athletic threats such as Isaiah Ford, Cam Phillips and Bucky Hodges.
I’m not sure exactly how Tech will replace Byrn when it comes to number of receptions, but I do believe that whoever is on the field to replace him will be better when it comes to yards per catch.
Completions: 265 out of 271 (97.8%)
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