Special Teams Should Be Improved in 2015

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Joey Slye
Joey Slye was 4-4 against Cincinnati, hitting from 33, 38, 45, and 49 yards out.

Virginia Tech hit a low point in 2013 when they ranked #75 in special teams efficiency.  They improved to #42 last season, and hope to make a bigger jump in 2015.

Field Goal Efficiency: #63

Field goals drug Tech’s overall special teams efficiency down last season, though sometimes stats don’t tell the whole story.  Joey Slye (6-1, 214, So.) was a true freshman with a big leg, though he wasn’t particularly consistent early in his career.  Not only that, but Frank Beamer wasn’t shy about attempting long field goals with Slye.  He tried four field goals from beyond 50 yards in the regular season, and missed all of them.

Heading into the bowl game, Slye was just 16-of-24 on the season.  However, he went a perfect 4-of-4 against Cincinnati, including an impressive 49 yarder, to finish the season 20-of-28.

Slye has a very strong leg.  Frank Beamer will continue to try long field goals as long as Slye is on the roster.  He has made two kicks from well beyond 50 yards this fall, and narrowly missed two more from a similar distance.  Attempting a lot of kicks beyond 50 yards might hurt Tech’s overall field goal efficiency, but Slye’s ability to make a handful of those kicks makes him a dangerous weapon.

Punt Efficiency: #43

The numbers show that A.J. Hughes (6-0, 200, Sr.) didn’t have a great junior season.  He