TSL Roundtable: A Discussion of Youth

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Does Josh Jackson’s youth concern you? (Ivan Morozov)

On a scale from 1-10, with 10 being the highest, how concerned are you about the youth on the offensive side of the ball this year? 

Hokie CPA: So I figured I’d take a few minutes from packing for my vacation to participate in this week’s Roundtable.  I know you’re all waiting with eager anticipation for the beginning of the season – I sure am!

Last year we had an offense that was capable of scoring any time we REALLY needed the points.  Okay, maybe not so much against Tennessee, Georgia Tech, or Syracuse, but there were a few times where our backs were against the wall and the offense stepped up to get us the win.  Those games against Notre Dame and Arkansas were unreal!  And here’s the best part:  we did it with a QB who had no FBS experience coming into the season.  Jerod Evans re-wrote the Virginia Tech passing record book.  Am I worried about Josh Jackson’s youth and inexperience?  No.

On the offensive line, the QB’s blind side is locked up and solid.  So we’ll have a couple of new starters on the right hand side, but they have spent a couple or few seasons as understudies and should be pretty decent, if what we’ve heard (sparse though it may be) from camp is accurate.  Maybe I deduct a point for the unknown on the offensive line.

At tight end we have a few guys who are allegedly lighting it up in practice, whether they’re blocking or running routes.  We