An 11-1 season and a trip to the ACC title game are within Virginia Tech's reach
If you're looking for significant Hokie career moments, there's a lot to choose from on the horizon. Wide receiver Jarrett Boykin needs four catches and 150 yards receiving to become Tech's career leader in both categories. Smithfield High graduate Dyrell Roberts has to get 19 more yards to become the school's career kickoff return yardage leader. The biggest milestone should come in week two at East Carolina, when Tech should move to 2-0 and Frank Beamer should get his 200th win as Tech's coach.
25th year at Tech (198-95-2 at Tech; 240-118-4 overall, including six seasons at Murray State)
Beamer will be the first to say if he had a start to his Tech career these days like the start he had from 1987-92 (24-40-2), he'd have never made it. In today's restless college football world, he'd have been run out of town early on. Now, he has achieved just about everything in his profession other than winning a national championship. The challenges continue this season — new starting quarterback, running back, kicker and punter, very little defensive depth — but the schedule is kind.
Sr. | 6-2 | 218 | WR
He's the best security blanket Tech can offer new starting quarterback Logan Thomas. Boykin has the ability to get open through precise route-running, and a penchant for making dramatic catches with oven mitt-sized hands. He came three catches away last season from setting Tech's career single-season record (had 53 catches for 847 yards and six touchdowns), but as mentioned above, he's pursuing bigger career goals this season.
Jr. | 5-10 | 205 | RB
If Tech hands him the ball as much as it's expected to this season, and if he stays healthy, he could end up being a darkhorse Heisman Trophy candidate. Seriously. He has that kind of speed, and he's that kind of talent. Of course, his kickoff return ability (two touchdown returns last season in pivotal game-changing moments at N.C. State and against Georgia Tech) could also help the case.
Jr. | 5-10 | 171 | CB
After leading the nation with nine interceptions last season, what does Hosley plan for an encore? Well, his season goal is 15 interceptions. That's probably a stretch, considering opponents are likely to target sophomore Kyle Fuller, a new starter, at the other cornerback spot. Still, defensive coordinator Bud Foster hinted two weeks ago he's going to prepare for Hosley's early departure to the NFL. Good idea.