Special Teams Preview: Hidden Yardage Key in 2017

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Thank you. Chris’s article starts after the jump. — Will Stewart

Virginia Tech opened practice yesterday, and while it’s natural for everyone to ask about the starting quarterback position, today I want to address a unit that is going to be extremely important to the 2017 team’s success: special teams.

I believe special teams will be more important than usual this year because of Virginia Tech’s youth on the offensive side of the ball. The Hokies will be starting a quarterback who has never played an FBS snap, and quite likely that player will be a redshirt-freshman or a true freshman. Redshirt-freshman Phillip Patterson and true-freshman Caleb Farley will play a lot at outside receiver. True-freshman Dalton Keene will start at H-back,  true freshman Kalil Pimpleton will have a role in the slot and true-freshman Jalen Holston could be part of the running back rotation.

That’s a lot of youth, and while that’s exciting for the future, it doesn’t

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