Friday, April 22, 2011
Virginia Tech spring game storylines
By ESPN.com staff
The Hokies will wrap up spring practices at 2 p.m. on Saturday in Lane Stadium. Here are three main storylines to watch:
- Quarterback Logan Thomas: All eyes will be and should be on the first-year starter as he takes over the offense for the first time with so many fans watching. He's drawn rave reviews so far from the coaching staff and his teammates, but it's the first official introduction to a new era of quarterback in Blacksburg.
- The defensive line:Virginia Tech had to replace three starters in tackle John Graves and both ends, Steven Friday and Chris Drager, who moved back to tight end (another player worth watching). While coach Charley Wiles has been pleased with the starting four this spring, depth at the position remains a concern. Keep an eye on James Gayle, who really impressed the coaches this offseason.
- The kicking game:For the fifth straight season, Virginia Tech entered spring practices looking for a new place-kicker, and like last year, the Hokies also need to name a new punter. Receiver Danny Coale has tried out for the position this spring, along with redshirt junior Scott Demler, redshirt freshman Ethan Keyserling, redshirt freshman Conor Goulding, and redshirt sophomore Grant Bowden, who is the brother of former Tech punter Brent Bowden.