Imagine if former Virginia Tech athletic director Dave Braine had fired Frank Beamer after the 1992 football season, when the Hokies finished an abysmal 2-8-1.
Needless to say, that didn’t happen and the rest is history.
The 1993 season is often looked at as the turning point in the history of Virginia Tech football.
Beamer, in his first six seasons at his alma mater, had a record of 24-40-1. While football wasn’t as big in Blacksburg in the early 1990s as it is now, many were calling for Beamer to be fired.
In the 1993 season, the Hokies finished 9-3 and have now been to 19 straight bowl games.
But, Beamer didn’t do it alone.
Many casual fans know all about Michael Vick, Cornell Brown, Tyrod Taylor and Kevin Jones.
But, Beamer and defensive coordinator Bud Foster built the Virginia Tech program on lesser-known players.
The following is a list of perhaps the five most underappreciated players in the history of Virginia Tech football. All five of these players played in the Beamer era, after 1993.