2009 Virginia Tech Hokies Football Preview
2009 Virginia Tech Hokies season preview from Maddux Sports. Below you can find our official Virginia Tech Hokies football preview as well as the 2009 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 (23rd year at Virginia Tech)
Team Name: Hokies
2008 Overall Record: 10-4
Returning Starters: 16
Last season, the Virginia Tech Hokies (10- 4 overall, 5- 3 ACC Coastal) beat Boston College to take the league championship. They then traveled to the Orange Bowl. In the bowl, the 21st ranked Hokies met the 12th ranked Cincinnati Bearcats, beating them 20- 7. This season, Virginia Tech looks poised to do more damage.
For three straight seasons, the Hokies total offense has been nationally ranked 99th or worse. Still, because of a stellar defense, the team has captured three ACC titles. Last season, QB Tyrod Taylor (173 ATT, 99 COMP, 1,036 YDs, 7 INTs, 2 TDs) split the signal calling chores with Sean Glennon. Glennon is gone and that means that Taylor will be in charge. Taylor, who is an able runner, rushing for 738 yards and 7 scores, has to be more accurate with his passes. Three sophomore wideouts return—Danny Cole, Jarrett Boykin and Dyrell Roberts. In 2008, they combined for over 80 receptions. The running game features sophomore Darren Evans (287 CAR, 1,265 YDs, 11 TDs). Last season, he set a new school freshman record for running yards. The offensive line, which brings back four starters, has to be less porous.
With an offense that put only 22.1 PPG on the board, Tech had to field a stingy defense, and they did. Allowing opponents just 104.4 yards on the ground (14th), 175.0 yards in the air (16th), 279.4 total yards per game (7th) and 16.7 points per game (9th), the Hokies were often impossible to score against. The D-line is one of the best in the nation. At DE, Jason Worilds, now a junior, led the team in sacks with eight. The deep backs are also some of the best in the country and include top pro prospect Stephan Virgil at the corner; he grabbed six picks for 94 yards last season.The linebacking unit included Cody Grim, who returns as the team’s leading tackler (71 tackles, 41 solo) and second in sacks (7.5). The most inexperienced group is in the middle. There’s talent but they’ll have to step up quickly.
The placekicking spot is open as fifth-year senior Matt Waldron and much-touted freshman Cody Journell compete for the job. Along with being a member of the explosive pass-catching squad, Dyrell Roberts (22 ATT, 545 YDs, 24.8 AVG) is also a talented kick return man.
The Hokies open their season on September 5 against the Crimson Tide of Alabama in Atlanta. This is a game that features two potential top-10 clubs and can set the tone for the entire season. Nebraska, a top-25 team, visits Tech two weeks later. The away contest versus Georgia Tech on October 17 can go either way. Head coach Frank Beamer (177- 89 -2 in 22 years at VT) has recruited some top offensive players. With plenty of returning talent on the team, Beamer could guide the Hokies to a national title. In 2009, look for Virginia Tech to take the ACC and play in a BCS Bowl once again.
Virginia Tech Hokies Football Schedule
|9/26/2009||Virginia Tech||Miami (FL)||home|
|10/10/2009||Virginia Tech||Boston Coll.||home|
|10/17/2009||Virginia Tech||Georgia Tech||away|
|10/29/2009||Virginia Tech||North Carolina||home|
|11/5/2009||Virginia Tech||East Carolina||away|
|11/21/2009||Virginia Tech||N.C. State||home|
For more info on the 2009 Virginia Tech Hokies football program, view the Hokies sports website or scroll down below to read up on the rest of the ACC foes.