Last week was a good one for Virginia Tech fans. Junior defensive back Antone Exum and fellow junior, defensive end James Gayle, announced they would be returning for their senior seasons.
The deadline for underclassmen to make their intentions known about the NFL draft is January 15th, so the Hokies will know junior quarterback Logan Thomas' intentions for 2013 this week.
As spring practice gets closer, being just over two months away, the Hokies have clarity on defense. As many as 10 starters could return on what should be a dominant unit in 2013.
The offense is another story. The Hokies struggled all season on offense and never found consistency. They replaced eight starters from a 2011 team that played in the ACC Championship Game, including four on the offensive line. The 2013 team could also be faced with replacing six or seven starters, depending on whether or not Thomas returns to school.
National Signing Day is just under a month away and here is a look at the Hokies' 2-deep depth chart as it would stand today.