Camp Report: Virginia Tech Optimistic After Tough 2018 Season

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Justin Fuente, Virginia Tech
Justin Fuente and the Hokies began camp on Friday. (Ivan Morozov)

“Oh no, we stink!  We don’t have any good players!  We might as well cancel the season now!”

Those are words you never hear at the beginning of August, when just about every coaching staff and fanbase are optimistic about the future.  Almost everybody thinks they have a chance to be good, if everything goes right, the ball bounces their way, and everybody stays healthy.  

Virginia Tech is no different.  What I’ve heard so far has almost all been positive.  That could be the view of overly optimistic coaches, but that wouldn’t make our coaches any different than any other staff in the country.  Or, it could be legit.  To be fair to them, I saw 30 minutes of practice on Friday and another 30 minutes on Saturday, and I’m very encouraged. 

The main things that make me encouraged are…

1: Virginia Tech’s talent level on the offensive side of the ball is truly on another level compared to where it was two years ago.  The Hokies will redshirt guys this year who could have started two years ago.

2: Justin Fuente is in a better mood than this time last year, and in fact there seems to be much-improved team chemistry.

3: The defense, while

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