Virginia Tech Football: Predicting the 2014 depth chart

virginia tech footballVirginia Tech football is right around the corner which means that the depth chart will be coming out in the next couple weeks. There are also some big question marks on this team.  Today we will focus on the offensive depth chart. Who will be the starter and who will back him up?

Quarterback

1. Michael Brewer, Jr

2. Mark Leal, RS-Sr

3. Brenden Motley, RS-S0

Virginia Tech is going to have to go through another quarterback competion this year, something they don’t normally do. Everyone thought that this was Mark Leal’s job to lose coming into this season but when Virginia Tech got Michael Brewer to transfer from Texas Tech, he became the favorite. Leal didn’t impress me enough in the Sun Bowl when Logan Thomas got injured to convince me that he is the starter and Motley has no real experience yet so I’ll have to go with Brewer on this one.

Running Back

1. Trey Edmunds, RS-S0

2. J.C. Coleman, Jr

3. Marshawn Williams, Fr

Both of the biggest running backs for Virginia Tech are returning this year and both are healthy which means there will be a better rushing attack. Trey Edmunds  is finally healthy after suffering a broken tibia against Virginia on December 1st and he will be the starter. J.C. Coleman will also get a lot of carries because he filled in nicely when Edmunds got hurt last year. Williams is the true freshman and I think he too could get some carries if Edmunds or Coleman go down hurt.

Wide Receiver

1. Willie Byrn, RS-Sr

2. Joshua Stanford, RS-S0

3.  Dimitri Knowles, RS-Jr

4. Carlis Parker, So

5. Kevin Asante, RS-Jr

6. Michael Brainard, RS-Jr

Virginia Tech will have some familiar faces at wide receiver this year and some new faces.

Returning for his senior season is Willie Byrn who will no question be the number one receiver on the depth chart. He’s just been amazing during his time here.

Joshua Stanford had a nice breakout season last year and caught a few touchdowns from Logan Thomas. It seem as if Knowles has been here awhile but he will also move up on the depth chart. The bottom three are guys you probably have never heard of. Parker, Asante, and Brainard could be forced to jump in this year if one of those top three receivers go down with an injury. They have very little experience but I think they would get it done.

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Tight End

1. Kalvin Cline, So

2. Darius Redman, RS-Jr

3. Dakota Jackson, RS-So

The tight ends on Tech aren’t  as good as they normally are. Kalvin Cline had a very good freshman year last year having 321 yards receiving and three touchdown catches. He’s easily the starter this season. Behind him are two guys who really haven’t played in games for the Hokies. We’ll see if one of them can make an impact opposite of Cline.

Left Tackle

1. Laurence Gibson, RS-Sr

2.  Ross Ward, RS-Jr

Left Guard

1. Mark Shuman, RS-Sr

2. Kyle Chung, Fr

Center

1. David Wang, RS-Sr

2. Jonathan McLaughlin, So

Right Guard

1. Caleb Farris, Sr

2. Alston Smith, RS-So

Right Tackle

1. Adam Taraschke, RS-So

2. Wyatt Teler, RS-Fr

The Hokies’ offensive line will look a little different this season than in years past. There will be new starters this season but there will also be players returning for their season seasons such as David Wang and Caleb Farris who have done a great job over the years. It may not be the best offensive line in recent history but it should get the job done this year.

 

  • Blake

    They’re tight ends are stacked with Ryan Malleck and Bucky Hodges. Rb Shay Mckenzie with have an Impact as a freshman and so will fresh wr Isaiah Ford. Also Jonathan Mcglaughlin is a left tackle