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2008 Virginia Tech Hokies Football Preview

2008 Virginia Tech Hokies season preview from Maddux Sports. Below you can find our official Virginia Tech Hokies football preview as well as the 2008 Virginia Tech Hokies Football Schedule. When betting on college football against the bookmakers odds dont dismiss our NCAA football picks to help build your bankroll this year.

Coach: Frank Beamer (22nd year at Virginia Tech)
Team Name: Hokies
2007 Overall Record: 11-3
Returning Starters: 10

Last season, the Virginia Tech Hokies (11-3 overall, 7-1 ACC) placed first in the Coastal division of the ACC. The Hokies took the ACC Championship by beating the Atlantic champs—the Boston College Eagles—by a score of 30-16. VT met Kansas in the Orange Bowl, losing 21-24.

The starting quarterback spot could be shared, as it was last season, by senior Sean Glennon (235 ATT, 143 COMP, 12 TDs, 5 INT) and sophomore Tyrod Taylor. Only two receivers return from 2007, leaving that unit thin on experience. Sam Wheeler with 15 receptions, 211 yards and one touchdown returns as the team’s leading pass catcher. That says a lot about the lack of experience. QB Taylor is back as the club’s top rusher with 102 carries, 429 yards and six touchdowns. The RB spot may be manned by highly touted freshman Ryan Williams. The offensive line has to be better than it was in 2007. All four starters return, which gives this group a chance to gel.

Nationally, the Virginia Tech defense was third in points allowed, fifth versus the rush and fourth in total yards allowed. The squad held teams to 16.1 PPG. DE Orion Martin, a senior, returns as the team’s leading sacker with 6.5. He’s the only frontline starter who is back. The linebacking unit has also been ravaged with junior LB Cam Martin the only starter to come back. In the secondary, CB Victor Harris, a senior, had five interceptions last season, while junior FS Kam Chancellor is back as the top tackler with 79 (42 solo).

This team will be tested by three away games. The first will be played on September 20 at North Carolina. Then in October two straight contests—against Boston College and Florida State—will test this team’s mettle.

Coach Frank Beamer (167-85-2 in 21 years) knows how to develop winners. If he can ratchet up the offense, the Hokies could be tough to beat. However, that is a big “if.” This division is highly competitive and the slightest weakness can doom a team’s dream of a conference title.

Virginia Tech Hokies Football Schedule

Date
Opponent
Home/Away
Aug 30
E. Carolina
Neutral
Sep 6
Furman
Home
Sep 13
Georgia Tech
Home
Sep 20
North Carolina
Away
Sep 27
Nebraska
Away
Oct 4
Western Kentucky
Home
Oct 18
Boston College
Away
Oct 25
Florida State
Away
Nov 6
Maryland
Home
Nov 13
Miami Fla
Away
Nov 22
Duke
Home
Nov 29
Virginia
Home

 

For more info on the 2008 Virginia Tech Hokies football program, view the Hokies sports website or scroll down below to read up on the rest of the ACC foes.

 

2008 ACC Football Team Previews

All teams from the ACC Coastal & Atlantic divisions are listed to the right. Clicking on the team link will give the individual preview. For all other teams visit the 2008 college football preview page.

At any time you may return to the Atlantic Coast Conference Preview page for our order of finish. Will Virginia Tech continue to dominate? Is Butch Davis ready to turn around the Tar Heels? Can Clemson ride Davis and Spiller to the title game? All questions are answered.


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