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Virginia Tech Hokies 2010-2011 Season Preview

2009 Total Offense Rank (yards per game): 50
2009 Total Defense Rank (yards per game): 12

A high powered offense and a suspect defense. That doesn’t sound like the Virginia Tech Hokies of the past, but it will likely be a good description for the 2010 version. After having lost multiple game changing defensive players, the Hokies will rely on their balanced, intimidating scoring attack.

Quarterback Tyrod Taylor Tyrod Taylor will return for his third season as the starter, and he has continued to improve with added playing time. Last season he threw for over 2,300 yards and rushed for 570 more. He is a versatile player that can beat you with his arms or legs. He has a talented stable of receivers at his disposal, led by juniors Jarrett Boykin and Danny Coale. The two combined for 1,450 yards receiving and both averaged over 20 yards per reception. The passing game should be even better this year considering the fact defenses will have to devote most of their attention to the running game.

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Virginia Tech has arguably the best running back duo in the country in Ryan Williams Ryan Williams and Darren Evans Darren Evans. The ACC rookie of the year in 2009, Williams burst onto the scene with 1,655 yards rushing and 21 touchdowns. Evans, who missed all of 2009 with an ACL injury, rushed for 1,265 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2008. It is an embarrassment of riches in the backfield for the Hokies. The only area of concern on offense is the left side of the offensive line. The starting guard and tackle are gone, but the team has quality depth and should be fine.

The often dominant Virginia Tech defense may not be as strong as in past years. Six starters from last year are gone, including three defensive lineman and leading tackler Cody Grimm. Lombardi Watch List member linebacker Barquell Rivers may miss the start of the season due to a torn quadriceps injury. With the holes in the front seven, the secondary has become the strength of the squad. Cornerback Rashad Carmichael is one of the best in the country and Jayron Hosley should get the start opposite him.

The Hokies have the offensive talent to do some big things this year. It is clear they will put up a lot of points this, but will the defense be able to stop anyone? The team opens the season against a tough Boise State team so it won’t take long to learn if this team is a contender or pretender.

Virginia Tech’s odds to win the ACC: +400

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