Blacksburg Buzz: A Pre-Season Look at Your 2009 Virginia Tech Hokies
There are just a little over thirty days left to go for the much anticipated battle between Virginia Tech and Alabama on Sept 5th, but what should Hokie fans expect to see from their team that has so much hype.
Well first of all we will continue to see a ground happy offense that likes to run the ball.
Tech is returning their incumbent in Sophomore Darren Evans, who lit things up last year with 1265 yard on the ground and eleven touchdowns.
This year there will be a supporting cast member in Ryan Williams, who has caused quite a stir in Blacksburg following his performance in the spring.
Williams averaged over ten yards per touch this spring, including an eighty yard touchdown run on his first carry in practice and a fifty six yard reception on the first pass of the annual Spring Game.
As exiting as it is to have that much talent in the back field, it is even better when you have one of the most veteran Offensive Lines to run that talent behind.
Led by All-ACC Guard Sergio Render, the Tech offensive line will try to prove that there is a potent offense in Blacksburg despite finishing no better than 100th in the nation the past couple of years.
That brings us to the passing game which was all but great last year, but with Tyrod Taylor working this off-season to fix the "hitch" in his throwing motion and the receivers being a year more experienced, the Hokies look to balance their attack and score through the air as well.
That remains to be seen and is causing anticipation to see how things will come together in Atlanta against a highly ranked Alabama Defense.
Of course there is also a fierce defense that has lived in Blacksburg for the last ten years. Year in and year out Bud Foster continues to reload his top 10 defense to keep his team in the position to win.
If you watched any of last season, the Hokies won the ACC thanks to a huge contribution from the defensive side of the ball.
Stephan Virgil will be key on the field for the Hokies after taking over for the departed Victor "Macho" Harris.
Virgil was tied for the team lead in interceptions last year with six, including a crucial one in the Orange Bowl that stopped Cincinnati from scoring.
Cam Martin will lead the Linebackers which will now include Jake Johnson and Barquell Rivers and look to continue the tradition Foster has established. Johnson has not had any game experience yet But Rivers had a monster goaline stop against Cincinatti's Tony Pike in route to Tech's 20-7 victory.
Tech fans are excited and with good reason, the Hokies return as much if not more talent than they had on the '99 team that played for the National Championship.
Could this be the year they break through and win it all?
Who knows, but it looks as if this season is going to be a lot of fun to watch.
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