Virginia Tech Football: 3 Players with Most to Gain in Spring Practices

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Virginia Tech Football: 3 Players with Most to Gain in Spring Practices
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Mark Leal has a lot to gain in spring practice.

Spring practice may be a few weeks away for the Virginia Tech football team, but there are a few players on the squad poised to make a big impact when March rolls around.

While the Hokies do bring back a variety of veterans on offense—losing only one starter from the group in 2013—they have a gaping hole at the quarterback position that spring practices will play a huge role in filling.

On defense, things are even more wide open. The departures of mainstays like Derrick Hopkins, James Gayle, Antone Exum and Kyle Fuller open up several positions to less experienced players in the spring.

Although Frank Beamer has traditionally been loath to start freshmen, he might be forced to do so in 2014 if some have big springs. Last year, left tackle Jonathan McLaughlin won the starting spot as a freshman and ended up playing almost all of the team’s snaps there, so it does happen and could easily get repeated this year.

Read on to find out which Hokies stand to gain the most when spring ball arrives.

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