The Virginia Tech Hokies are looking to win the ACC in 2017 and it’ll all begin with their spring game later in April.
The Hokies had a very successful season in 2016. They finished with a 10-4 record, including a victory over Arkansas in the Belk Bowl. However, their chances at a major bowl game ended in the ACC Championship Game. The Hokies lost to eventual national champion Clemson, 42-35. In 2017, they’ll be out for revenge.
Their road to the ACC title begins on Saturday, April 22. This is the date of their annual spring football game. It starts at 2:30 p.m. ET at Lane Stadium in Blacksburg. Hokies fans will be getting their first look at their team. Also, the team will get their first chance to excite their fans about the 2017 season.
The Hokies will be losing four key players to the 2017 NFL Draft. Leading receiver Isaiah Ford will be the hardest to replace. They’ll also have to replace Bucky Hodges, their third leading receiver and their top tight end. Versatile fullback Sam Rogers must be replaced as well. Finally, quarterback Jerod Evans must also be replaced. This leaves some pretty big holes in Virginia Tech’s offense.
Their recruiting class features some interesting prospects. The best one is four-star linebacker Nathan Proctor who ranks sixth among linebackers. No. 10 safety Devon Hunter could be a candidate to make an immediate impact. TyJuan Garbutt and Dylan Rivers are the remaining four-star commits.
The Hokies will need junior running back Travon McMillian to bounce back from a sophomore slump. After rushing for over 1,000 yards in his freshman season, he put up just over 600 yards in 2016. With Evans gone, look for the Hokies to make him a featured part of their offense again. Expect Virginia Tech to be back in the ACC Championship game.