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As many of you may recall, Appalachian State first burst onto the scene in 2007 after shocking both the University of Michigan and the football world as the Mountaineers upset the then fifth-ranked Wolverines, becoming the first FCS team to defeat a ranked FBS team.
And speaking of upsets, Virginia Tech is no stranger to upsets at the hands of FCS teams, having been beaten by James Madison just last year while being ranked No. 13. And while last year’s game came just a week after a last second loss to fifth ranked Boise St. (are you seeing the similarities yet?), Virginia Tech will have no such excuse this year.
When it comes to Virginia Tech, the Hokies will have many big names to replace, starting with two-year starter Tyrod Taylor at quarterback along with running backs Darren Evans and Ryan Williams all of whom left school for the NFL.
Yet, despite these big-time losses, the Hokies look to be in good shape with 6’6”, 345lb sophomore Logan Thomas looking to take control of the offense at quarterback, while 5’11” 195 junior David Wilson is looking to corral the running game at the tailback position.
In addition to the new starters, returning receivers Jarrett Boykin and Danny Coale will look to help Thomas make a smooth transition.
Meanwhile, the Hokie defense will once again be a force to be reckoned with being led by junior linebacker Bruce Taylor who led the Hokies with 91 tackles a year ago. In addition to Taylor, the Hokies defense will see the return of 2009 standout Barquell Rivers at weak-side linebacker after Rivers missed all of last season with a ruptured tendon.
Finally, Jayron Hosley (pictured) and Kyle Fuller will anchor the secondary making it hard for the Mountaineers to gain yards through the air. However, with returning quarterback DeAndre Presley (who threw for 2,631 yards and 22 touchdowns last season, the Mountaineers will have their chances through the air.
Though Appalachian State has played the spoiler role before and though Virginia Tech have had their seasons spoiled in the past, look for the Hokies to get it done this weekend.
My Prediction: Virginia Tech 27, App St. 14