Virginia Tech Football Spring Practice: Plenty Of New Faces At Wide Receiver

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Tayvion Robinson is now a veteran. (Virginia Tech Athletics)

When you check out Virginia Tech’s online roster on, you may notice that there are 17 wide receivers listed.  However, a quicker inspection shows that only nine of them are scholarship players.  It’s those nine players who we’ll focus on today.

Here’s a list of the scholarship players in order of seniority…

Changa Hodge (6-1, 207, Sr.)
Tre Turner (6-2, 187, Jr.)
Kaleb Smith (6-2, 221, r-So.)
Tayvion Robinson (5-10, 187, So.)
Jaden Payoute (6-1, 210, r-Fr.)
Dallan Wright (6-1, 179, Fr.)
Tyree Saunders (6-0, 196, Fr.)
Jaylen Jones (6-1, 203, Fr.)
Da’Wain Lofton (5-11, 179, Fr.)

Five of those nine players have never played wide receiver in a college football game, and one of those isn’t even participating at all this spring due to having a plate removed from his surgically repaired foot (Jaden Payoute).  This is pretty normal for a spring in most seasons at pretty much all positions.  There’s always plenty of inexperience, with generally one or two guys missing significant time with injuries.