Early Predictions Have Hokies As A Middle Of The Pack Team

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Dwayne Lawson and Justin Fuente at the Virginia Tech 2016 Spring Game (photo by Ivan Morozov)
Dwayne Lawson and Justin Fuente at the Virginia Tech 2016 Spring Game (photo by Ivan Morozov)

Athlon Position Ratings

If you’ve checked your local news stands, you’ve probably noticed that college football preseason magazines are starting to make their annual summer appearance.  We’ve got the Athlon version here in the office, and I skimmed through it this morning to get a feel for what the pundits are saying about the Hokies.

Here’s how Athlon ranks Virginia Tech in the ACC at each position…

QB : 11
RB: 7
WR/TE: 5
OL: 5
DL: 5
LB: 12
DB: 5
AVG: 7.14

Tech’s average ranking is 7.14, which seems middle of the pack.  Here’s how all the ACC schools compare in average ranking…

Clemson: 1.57
FSU: 2.43
Miami: 5.00
Louisville: 5.43
UNC: 5.71
Pitt: 5.86
VT: 7.14
BC: 8.57
NC State: 8.86
GT: 10.57
UVA: 10.57
Wake: 10.71
Duke: 11.28
Cuse: 11.57

That puts Virginia Tech at #7 out of 14 ACC schools in terms of talent, according to Athlon.  The magazine likes Tech’s wide receivers and tight ends (though they’d be ranked higher there if they had depth), the offensive line, defensive line, and the secondary.  However, they rank Tech’s linebackers among the worst

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