Very few positions on Virginia Tech’s depth chart are settled. The uncertainty stretches to both sides of the ball and it hits nearly every single position group.
Virginia Tech’s 2019 spring practices will go a long way in settling some of the uncertainty. It’s doubtful that it will solve any of Tech’s roster questions, but we should learn a bit about what kind of Virginia Tech team we’ll see next season.
Well, not really. Virginia Tech head coach Justin Fuente hosted his first spring football press conference last, answering questions about the team’s personnel, his thoughts on the transfer portal and more.
Here are my biggest takeaways from Tech’s media availability and some of the bigger headlines surrounding the Hokies as they approach spring practice.
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.
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On the same day that it became public that running back Deshawn McClease had withdrawn his name from the transfer portal and will return to Virginia Tech for 2019, it also became public that rising redshirt sophomore Hendon Hooker had entered the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.