Power rankings: No. 19 Virginia Tech
August, 7, 2012
By ESPN.com staff | ESPN.com
The Hokies should once again have one of the top defenses in the country, and they could have one of the nation's top quarterbacks in returning starter Logan Thomas. There are questions about the supporting cast. Of the 11 starters gone from last season's Coastal Division championship team, eight were on offense, including four offensive linemen, a pair of four-year starters at receiver, and ACC player of the year David Wilson. There is enough experience returning that the staff is still confident in the offensive line, but there is more potential than experience at running back, where a true starter has yet to emerge. Defensively, the front seven will be the strength, as only two starters have to be replaced, and both were in the secondary.