Virginia Tech Football: Wide receiver preview

Over the past few years, the Virginia Tech football team has had some great wide receivers. Eddie Royal, Danny Coale, and Jarret Boykin have all played under Frank Beamer, and there are some good wide receivers on this team this year.  Who will the starters and backups be?

Joshua Stanford

Stanford is going to be a redshirt sophomore this season and he’ going to be either the number one or two receiver on the depth chart. Either way, he will start with Willie Byrn this year.

Stanford had a pretty good first season as he started 11 games for the Hokies. He caught 40 passes for 640 yards and scored a touchdown. Those reception and yardage stats are both freshman records for wide receivers at Virginia Tech.

He had his first 100-yard game against Boston College where he had seven receptions for 171 yards. He made it back to back 100-yard games when he caught seven passes for 107 yards against Miami. Stanford is going to have a monster year this year since he will be moved up on the depth chart. He won’t dissapoint.

Willie Byrn

Byrn is entering his senior season at Virginia Tech and all signs point to it being the best season of his career at Tech. He’s most likely going to be the number one receiver on the depth chart and for good reason, too.

Last season was his best season at Virginia Tech. He played in 13 games while starting seven of them. He caught a team-high 51 passes for 635 yards, scoring two touchdowns. He was one of Logan Thomas’ favorite target last year.  Byrn is going to be hard for defenses to cover. Let’s hope his last year at Tech goes out with a bang.

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Demitri Knowles

Knowles is going to be a redshirt junior for Virginia Tech this year and is slated to be the slot receiver for Tech.  Last season as a redshirt sophomore, he played in all 13 games and started six of them. He caught 45 passes for 641 yards and three touchdowns. He also was one of the kick returners last season. Whoever the quarterback is this coming season is going to be thrilled to have Knowles on the team because of his speed.

Backups

One backup this year will be Carlis Parker, who is going to be a sophomore.  He played in nine games last year making one start but did not rack up any stats at all. This is most likely going to be the year when he contributes to the team.

Kevin Asante is going to be a redshirt junior this year and he could maybe challenge to be the fourth or fifth receiver. He wasn’t with the program last season for undisclosed reasons, but in 2012, he had two receptions for 18 yards which isn’t much. We’ll see how much time he gets this year.joshua-stanford-c.j.-jones-ncaa-football-virginia-tech-boston-college