Fans tuning in to Monday night’s Boise State/Virginia Tech showdown expecting to see Frank Beamer’s traditional wind and grind offensive scheme may be a tad surprised with the Hokies' uptempo vertical arsenal.
Throwing for 2,311 yards, 13 touchdowns along with five picks, returning senior quarterback Tyrod Taylor is chomping at the bit to shoot it out on the turf of Fed Ex Field when Boise State takes their 2,048 mile trip to our nation’s capital.
Wide receivers, juniors Dyrell Roberts and Danny Coale, promise to factor into Virginia Tech’s extended passing game. Roberts and Coale combined for just 52 receptions amounting 1004 yards for only five touchdowns in 2009.
Expect the Hokies' tweaked offense to redefine Roberts' and Coale’s overall roles in 2010.
Taylor’s supporting backfield cast signifies a welcoming sign as sophomore running back Ryan Williams, who rushed for a stifling 1,655 yards with 21 touchdowns in 2009, returns after original starter Darren Evans went down resulting from a devastating season-ending ACL injury.
Evans is fully expected to rejoin Ryan Williams bulking up Tech’s backfield.
Questions on offense lie within the left side of the line. Make no mistake, rotating players and rotating bodies to patch up holes is something most coaches have to deal with regularly, and Virginia Tech claims no exception to the team’s yearly turnover.
Senior quarterback Tyrod Taylor's commanding presence on the field demonstrates why experts have the Virginia Tech Hokies as the preseason favorites to win the 2010 ACC title.