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1) With so many changes to the team, I’m temporarily losing my perspective of what we will have on the field next year. Can you comment on your vision for all three phases of the 2017 team and a W/L prediction? – San Diego Bub’s
Chris Coleman: Tech will have more attrition between now and the season, and there will of course be injuries. And who knows? Maybe the Hokies will hit up the JUCO ranks or perhaps find a graduate transfer at a position of need. We don’t have all the information we need as of yet.
But based on the information we do have, I’m saying around 8-4 seems about right for next season. I’m not worried about losing Bucky Hodges. I am worried about losing Jerod Evans and Isaiah Ford. I really think Josh Jackson is going to have a fantastic career, but I could also see some growing pains this season.
Besides bringing Jackson along during the offseason (I’m still assuming that he’s going to win the job, because I think he’s legit), the biggest challenge for the Tech offensive staff will be to develop a running game to take some pressure off of Jackson. He’s a good runner, but he’s not going to put up the amount of yardage as Jerod Evans. My best guess is Tech will need to find 300-500 yards to replace the rushing numbers lost by Evans’ declaring for the draft.
Travon McMillian would fill that role very well, but he needs to develop his pass blocking skills. I’m not willing to sacrifice Josh...
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