Zach Hoban Can Contribute At Multiple Special Teams Spots After Redshirt Year

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Zach Hoban, Virginia Tech
Zach Hoban could be a kickoff specialist for the Hokies, but he could also be in the mix as a field goal kicker or even as a punter. (Maria Lysaker)

Transfer kicker Zach Hoban left Rice with a scant nine games of experience, with all of his plays being kickoffs. Among Hoban’s stated reasons for transferring to Tech, a notable one is that Tech’s current kickers, Brian Johnson and John Parker Romo, are seniors. After sitting a year for the transfer, Hoban will likely enter a wide-open competition for all of the team’s kicking duties. The only competition on the roster would be Tech’s third current kicker, Mark Applegate, who hasn’t recorded any stats for the Hokies; and commit Kyle Lowe, who looks talented. Heck, Hoban was a decent high school punter who could even take a (leg) swing at senior Oscar Bradburn’s punting job.

At first glance Hoban seems to be the heir apparent to Romo, a fellow transfer and kickoff specialist who can soccer-style