An Incredibly Weak Solution to a Significant Problem

As more and more players transfer from their original school each season, Justin Fuente has repeatedly used the transfer portal to bolster his quarterback room.

Fuente added JUCO stud Jerod Evans for the 2016 season, acquired AJ Bush for the following year and prior to 2018, Fuente signed Oregon transfer Braxton Burmiester.

After two more departures, Fuente dipped into the portal again on Tuesday and brought in Texas A&M transfer Connor Blumrick. While Blumrick’s may not be a bad thing, it barely addresses the elephant in the room — the Hokies’ quarterback situation is unsettling. Continue reading “An Incredibly Weak Solution to a Significant Problem”

Virginia Tech Fans Left Needing Something to Believe

One of my favorite songs is “Believe” by The Bravery. The chorus goes like this…

So give me something to believe
‘Cause I am living just to breathe
And I need something more
To keep on breathing for
So give me something to believe

It’s a great song. I never knew it would relate to Virginia Tech athletics. Continue reading “Virginia Tech Fans Left Needing Something to Believe”

How Justin Fuente Keeps His Job at Virginia Tech

Calm down. I know that headline might have got your heart racing.

Justin Fuente is wrapping up his fifth season at the helm of Virginia Tech football. It obviously hasn’t gone well — the Hokies just clinched their second losing record over the last three seasons.

There’s a running gun battle over which has deteriorated faster — the on-field product or Fuente’s relations with the fanbase and donors. Neither relationship is on the mend and the two sides basically aren’t talking. Continue reading “How Justin Fuente Keeps His Job at Virginia Tech”

Tech Takeaways: Hokies Flounder in Upset Bid of Clemson

The only thing more frustrating than wrapping that oddly-shaped gift for Christmas might just be Virginia Tech football.

Virginia Tech entered the warmth of their locker room at halftime on Saturday night within one score of the No. 3 Clemson Tigers. Down just seven points, the Hokies had life.

It didn’t last, as Clemson asserted their dominance to win a 45-10 laugher that became quite embarrassing in the later stages of the game. Virginia Tech had their chances and they squandered almost all of them. Continue reading “Tech Takeaways: Hokies Flounder in Upset Bid of Clemson”

The Unraveling of the ‘QB Whisperer’ Narrative

Since Tyrod Taylor‘s departure in 2010, Virginia Tech has struggled to find dynamic quarterback play. Whether it be Michael BrewerBrenden Motley or Mark Leal, the Hokies’ quarterbacks in Frank Beamer’s final few seasons fell far short of the standard Taylor set in his curtain call.

Justin Fuente was hired to fix that and to an extent, he did. The level of quarterback play in Blacksburg has come a long way from the dog days of 2014 and 2015, but the narrative surrounding Fuente as a “quarterback whisperer” holds less and less merit the longer he coaches. Continue reading “The Unraveling of the ‘QB Whisperer’ Narrative”

Whit Babcock Has No Easy Solution to Stop Virginia Tech’s Football Freefall

I really like Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, particularly where in The Dark Knight, Harvey Dent famously says, “You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain.”

Virginia Tech head coach Justin Fuente knows this all too well.

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Depth a Growing Issue at Receiver for Virginia Tech

We knew coming into the 2020 season that Virginia Tech’s depth at wide receiver was a problem. But did we know it was this thin?

The Hokies are an offense centered around running the football. That much is indisputable. That said, it is fair to say that Virginia Tech’s lack of depth at receiver is a contributing factor to that reliance on the run.

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Tech Takeaways: Hokies Find Their Identity in 40-14 Win Over Boston College

Good football teams know what they’re good at. They play to their strengths and use those strengths to cover for their weaknesses. Virginia Tech did just that on Saturday.

The Hokies’ 40-14 win over Boston College was by no means a masterful performance — the defense still allowed more than five yards per play and the passing game never found a sustainable rhythm. And still, Virginia Tech pounded Boston College with a smash-mouth brand of offense not seen in Blacksburg in quite some time.

Enough of the intro, here are your Tech Takeaways.

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