When Virginia Tech opens the season against Alabama next Saturday in Atlanta, the Hokies will have several fresh faces in the starting lineup.
Each year, teams all across college football have to replace starters. Some graduate, some leave early or others depart the team for various reasons. The Hokies will have four or five new starters on offense, depending on the health of starting tailback J.C. Coleman. On defense, the Hokies will have only two new starters.
Replacing only six or seven starters means the Hokies should be in good shape, especially defensively.
In the team’s latest depth chart, released Tuesday, three true freshmen were listed as starters. Here is a look at some players who are expected to be first-time starters in 2013. Keep in mind; players like Andrew Miller, Caleb Farris and David Wang were not listed as they have started before, albeit in different positions.