Virginia Tech Hokies Look for Answers to Offense in Saturday's Scrimmage
Virginia Tech opens their 2010 campaign against Boise State in 25 days. Still, the Hokies have a few lingering questions they need answered on offense.
This is the first time in probably seven years that the Hokies are coming into a season with more expectations placed on their offense than their defense. A welcomed change for many Hokie fans, considering Foster's past success with plugging in new defensive players.
The offense will be led by the Virginia Tech running game.
Ryan Williams and Darren Evans both set rushing records in their first seasons as starters. First, Evans set the single season school record for rushing yards by a freshman in 2008.
However, the record didn't last long. Williams not only set the freshman rushing record in 2009, but he set the school record for rushing yards in a single season.
Impressive considering the Hokies history at the position. Now, there's a battle for the top spot. Evans is coming off an injury which forced him to miss all of 2009, and Williams is coming off a record breaking year.
Evans and Williams have the chance to be one of the best running back duo's in the history of college football. They can definitely surpass "The Untouchables", Lee Suggs and Kevin Jones, and they have a chance to be better than Ronnie Brown and Cadillac Williams.
I think the nod will go to Williams, but we should see plenty of two-back sets in the Virginia Tech offense in 2010.
The Hokies have another running back situation to address. David Wilson was a highly touted recruit, and likely would have been hit with a redshirt last season, but Evans' injury forced him into action.
Wilson didn't see a lot of playing time, but began to see more action on special teams as the season went on. The Hokies have moved Josh Oglesby to fullback and they've liked what they've seen from freshman redshirt Tony Gregory.
Wilson doesn't want to be redshirted but likely will be if he's not going to see a lot of action at running back. I'd be surprised to see him on the field this season, unless the coaching staff feels he can really add a spark to special teams.
However, special teams is another road block for Wilson. Dyrell Roberts had tremendous success as a kick returner last season, and Jayron Hosley also excelled as a punt returner. Unless there's an injury to one of these players I think Wilson will be sitting 2010 out.
Another question facing the offense is Logan Thomas.
Thomas came to Blacksburg as the number one overall tight end in his class, but has seen little practice at any position other than quarterback.
Thomas battling Ju-Ju Clayton for the number two quarterback position, but he began practicing as a tight end on Thursday. This could mean the Hokies are ready to name Clayton the backup, or they want to make sure Thomas is on the field in some capacity.
Thomas' athleticism could come as a huge asset to the Hokies. He played tight end, wide receiver and quarterback in high school, and he could add an interesting dynamic to the Hokies' offense; especially if the Hokies are going to use a wild turkey formation this season.
Oh, by the way: Did I mention he's 6'6 and weighs 242 pounds?
The coaching staff said they'll have a better idea of the battle for the number two quarterback slot after Saturday's scrimmage, but practicing Thomas at another position should give you a good idea of the direction the team is heading.
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