After back-to-back losses to Clemson in the ACC championship game and Michigan in the Sugar Bowl to finish out the 2011 season, Virginia Tech will be hungry in 2012.
The Hokies have a lot to be optimistic about, as Bud Foster's 10th ranked defense returns nine starters and quarterback Logan Thomas will lead the offense.
However, every team has room for improvement.
Virginia Tech lost some key players after the 2011 season, especially on offense. New players must enter starting roles and fill those gaps to continue the Hokies' success.
Here is a look at five Virginia Tech players who must step up and emerge as studs in 2012.