2020 Virginia Tech Wide Receiver Preview

(Dave Knachel, Virginia Tech Athletics)
Jafar Williams enters his second season as Virginia Tech wide receivers coach. (Dave Knachel, Virginia Tech Athletics)

Virginia Tech has two proven wide receivers in Tre Turner and Tayvion Robinson, but there is a void with Damon Hazelton transferring to Missouri.  Justin Fuente and wide receivers coach Jafar Williams addressed the situation by hitting the transfer portal to bring in Evan Fairs from Kansas and Changa Hodge from Villanova, both of whom are immediately eligible.

Here are Tech’s wide receiver numbers from a year ago…

Tre Turner: 34 catches, 553 yards, 16.3 ypc, 4 TDs
Damon Hazelton: 31 catches, 527 yards, 17.0 ypc, 8 TDs
Tayvion Robinson: 31 catches, 404 yards, 13.0 ypc, 1 TD
Hezekiah Grimsley: 10 catches, 170 yards, 17.0 ypc, 2 TDs
Kaleb Smith: 9 catches, 121 yards, 13.4 ypc, 1 TD
Phil Patterson: 6 catches, 72 yards, 12.0 ypc, 1 TD
Darryle Simmons: 1 catch, 0 yards

Hazelton, Grimsley and Patterson left the program after last season.  The main reason Hazelton left is because his number of touches dropped after Hendon Hooker became the starting quarterback. Tech ran the ball more, and they used misdirection to get the tight ends involved, and the result was fewer catch opportunities for the wide receivers.  Hazelton has the NFL on his mind, and he wants to catch more balls, so he left for Missouri.