Virginia Tech’s lack of depth at quarterback has been alleviated, thanks to rising redshirt sophomore Hendon Hooker ending his stint in the transfer portal and returning to the Hokies.
Virginia Tech’s hiring of Justin Hamilton as the Hokies’ new safeties coach won’t wow anyone, and that’s perfectly alright.
Word began to spread over the weekend that Tyrone Nix, who was hired to replace Galen Scott as Virginia Tech’s safeties coach prior to the 2018 season, was leaving to return to Mississippi and Ole Miss. That move became official on Monday, when Tech announced that Nix was leaving and that Hamilton was being promoted to take his place.
It’s been a turbulent offseason for Virginia Tech, but head coach Justin Fuente just finished one hell of a week that seems to have the Hokies pointed in the right direction.
Just weeks after losing several players to the transfer market, Virginia Tech wrapped up their 2019 recruiting class with three key signees. Each of the players are important in their own way, and each player helps dispel some of the negative narratives surrounding the program.
Stephen Newman, a long-time friend of mine and a graduate of Virginia Tech’s growing communications department, has joined The LaBlue Review to contribute coverage of Washington D.C. sports, primarily the Washington Wizards and the Washington Nationals.
Stephen earned sports writing experience as a student at Virginia Tech from 2014-2018. He served as the Social Media Editor of The Collegiate Times as a senior, managing the student newspaper’s social media presence on multiple platforms. More importantly, Stephen contributed to the newspaper’s coverage of Virginia Tech football and led the way in its coverage of Tech baseball, along with men’s and women’s basketball.
Hello Hokies. It’s the beginning of the week, so it’s time to answer your questions.
Forgive me for the delay, as I’ve been dealing with a nasty cold over the weekend. With that and work, it was nearly impossible to get any of this written prior to Sunday night.
Without further ado, let’s get down to business.
The transfer portal giveth, and the transfer portal taketh away.
On the same day that it became public that running back Deshawn McClease had withdrawn his name from the transfer portal and will return to Virginia Tech for 2019, it also became public that rising redshirt sophomore Hendon Hooker had entered the portal and plans to transfer from Virginia Tech.
Welcome back Hokies. Monday Mail has returned and boy, is there a lot to discuss. I issued a late request for questions this weekend and you all responded. Thank you for the questions.
Let’s dive into this week’s mail, which hit on three different Virginia Tech teams.
For more than 30 years, Virginia Tech has been the model of consistency. Blacksburg has been the bastion of tranquility and order. The Hokies football program has been as stable as they come in an industry that becomes less stable by the year.
But the last several months have been anything but consistent or tranquil at Virginia Tech. In fact, it’s hard to find a time in recent memory that has induced more panic, suspicion or worry than the timeframe that we are in.
Welcome back Hokies. Virginia Tech is making their final recruiting push on a couple of prospects over the next several days, with National Signing Day on the immediate horizon. By Feb. 6, we’ll know exactly how Virginia Tech is going to finish the 2019 class.
There’s plenty of other items to talk about, so let’s get to it.
It can be hard to hand out awards to a team that finished below .500 for the first time since 1992. Virginia Tech football waded through a tumultuous 2018 season and though the team struggled to win games, there are individual performances that are worth recognizing as the Hokies prepare to enter their winter conditioning period.
Let’s roll through some of this season’s superlatives and highlight some of those performances.