All-Time Virginia Tech Hokies Dream Team

Bryan Manning@bdmanning4Featured ColumnistAugust 15, 2012

All-Time Virginia Tech Hokies Dream Team

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    Virginia Tech's rise to prominence began in 1993 as the Hokies began a streak of playing in 19 straight bowl games. 

    It wasn't until 1999 that the Hokies were truly on the national radar. In 1999, the Hokies and quarterback Michael Vick went to the BCS title game and came up just short.

    During the last 20 years, Virginia Tech has sent many players to the NFL.

    In this article I am going to create an all-time Virginia Tech dream team. 

    Some positions were tougher than others to fill, but let's begin the list with the most important position on the field. 

Quarterback: Michael Vick

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    This was closer than you may think. Tyrod Taylor, who started games during all four of his years in Blacksburg, rewrote Virginia Tech's record books at the quarterback position.

    Bryan Randall had a good run with the Hokies, too.

    Logan Thomas could end up being the best one yet.

    But there isn't a more important player in the history of Virginia Tech football than Michael Vick. Vick, a two-year starter, was electrifying as the Hokies' quarterback and almost led the team to a national championship. Vick will always be loved by Hokies' fans. 

Running Backs: Kevin Jones and David Wilson

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    Running back and defensive back are two positions where the Hokies have produced the most talent. So, narrowing this list down to the top-two running backs was difficult. 

    Kevin Jones, arguably the top high school recruit in 2001, was the highest-ranked recruit ever signed by the Hokies. Jones, who shared time with Lee Suggs for two years, had an outstanding career finishing as the second-leading rusher in school history in only three years.

    Ryan Williams, Suggs and David Wilson had tremendous careers in Blacksburg, too. Wilson, who broke the school's rushing record set two years prior by Williams, gets the nod next to Jones. 

    Wilson was an explosive running back who contributed in each of his three years on campus. He and Jones happen to be the only two Virginia Tech running backs selected in the first round of the NFL Draft as well. 

Wide Receivers: Antonio Freeman and Andre Davis

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    Jarrett Boykin and Danny Coale rank as the top-two wide receivers in school history, as they both had outstanding careers.

    But Antonio Freeman and Andre Davis played in a time where the Hokies didn't throw the ball as much.

    Freeman, who had a solid NFL career, was the Hokies' top receiver in the early-90s as they began their current bowl streak. He led the Hokies in all receiving categories for three years, and when he retired, he held most of the Virginia Tech's receiving records. 

    Andre Davis was Michael Vick's top receiver in the 1999 and 2000 seasons. Davis is the best deep threat in school history and scored a touchdown receiving, rushing and returning in the same game once. He was a special talent. 

Tight End: Jeff King

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    Virginia Tech doesn't have a history of producing great tight ends.

    For that reason, Jeff King belongs on this list because not only did he start for three years, but he was also one of the top blocking tight ends in school history and is still making a living in the NFL doing just that. 

    King also holds the school record for tight ends with 11 career touchdown receptions.

Offensive Line: Chung, Pyne, Brown, Grove and DeChristopher

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    The Hokies have long had a reputation for producing previously unheralded offensive linemen.

    Center Jim Pyne, a unanimous All-American in 1993, is the most decorated offensive linemen in school history. 

    Jake Grove, also a center, would become a unanimous All-American in 2003. 

    Offensive tackle Eugene Chung was a first-round pick of the New England Patriots in 1992 after a solid career for the Hokies. 

    Duane Brown would become the second Hokie offensive linemen to be an NFL first-round draft choice.

    Blake DeChristopher wasn't an All-American at Virginia Tech, but he was a two-time first-team All-ACC offensive tackle. Record-setting running backs Ryan Williams, David Wilson and Darren Evans all ran behind DeChristopher. DeChristopher was also a four-year starter for the Hokies at right tackle.  

Defensive Line: Smith, Brown, Moore and Engelberger

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    Bruce Smith, the No. 1 overall pick in the 1985 NFL Draft, is the school's all-time sacks leader. Smith is also in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. 

    Cornell Brown, now on the Virginia Tech coaching staff, had an excellent college career. Brown is second in school history in career sacks and he is the recruit that Beamer said helped change Virginia Tech. Brown, one of the top players in the country in 1993, decided to stay in the state and play for the Hokies. He was a two-time All-American at defensive end.

    Corey Moore, third in Virginia Tech history with 35 career sacks, was perhaps the top defensive player in the country in 1999. Moore, a unanimous All-American, was the most decorated player in school history when he left Blacksburg. 

    John Engelberger embodied the type of player that made Virginia Tech famous. A former walk-on, Engelberger finished fourth in sacks and was a second-team All American in 1999. He would enjoy a solid NFL career. 

Linebacker: Vince Hall, Bruce Taylor and Cody Grimm

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    Bruce Taylor, the starting middle linebacker on the current team, is a tremendous talent. Entering his third season as a starter, Taylor has an opportunity to become an All-American in 2012. 

    Vince Hall is the Hokies career leader in tackles. While not a tremendous physical specimen, Hall had an outstanding college career for the Hokies. He provided leadership as soon as he stepped on the field as a redshirt freshman in 2004. 

    Cody Grimm, like Engelberger, is the perfect example of a Bud Foster-type player. Grimm, who took over as a starter at outside linebacker his junior season, was a playmaker. 

    In four years at Virginia Tech, Grimm finished with 214 tackles, 26.5 tackles for loss, 11.5 sacks, nine forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and two interceptions. Most of those numbers were in Grimm's final two seasons. Grimm was a third-team All-American in 1999. 

Defensive Backs: Hall, Williams, Flowers and Chancellor

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    There are many Hokies who belong on this list. But here are the top four:

    DeAngelo Hall was a three-year starter at cornerback for the Hokies from 2001-2003. He was a second-team All-American in 2003 and finished his Virginia Tech career with eight interceptions. He was the No. 8 overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft.

    Jimmy Williams was also a three-year starter for the Hokies and was a unanimous All-American in 2005. Williams split his time between cornerback and safety before becoming an All-American at corner. 

    Brandon Flowers may be the best defensive back in school history. Flowers, a third-team All-American in 2006, is one of the top young cornerbacks in the NFL today. He finished his Virginia Tech career with 10 interceptions.

    Kam Chancellor played extensively in each of his four seasons in Blacksburg. A three-year starter, Chancellor was a physical presence in the Hokies' defensive backfield and is well on his way to becoming one of top safeties in the NFL. 

Kicker: Shayne Graham

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    The Hokies seemingly always have a good kicker, but none have been better than Graham.

    Now an NFL veteran, Graham finished his Hokies' career as the school's all-time leader in scoring. Graham also finished his career as the Big East's career scoring leader.

    Graham made many big kicks in his Virginia Tech career, including one to beat West Virginia in the magical 1999 season. 

Punter: Brent Bowden

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    Brent Bowden broke individual and single-season records at Virginia Tech during his three years as the Hokies' punter. 

    He is second in school history for career average and was a first-team All-ACC selection in 2009.