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Hokies know expectations are higher this season

Last year, Virginia Tech was an afterthought in the ACC. Now, as defending conference champs, the Hokies have higher expectations.

Originally Published: April 15, 2005
By Doug Carlson | Special to ESPN.com
This time a year ago, Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer was finishing up spring football practice with no clear idea how his team – inexperienced at several positions – would fare in its first season in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

The story is far different this week in Blacksburg, where the defending ACC champions play their spring game on Saturday.

"I think we're probably much more settled in most positions now than we were in the spring last year," Beamer said. "It seems like what we're trying to do right now is find some good backup linemen offensively and defensively."

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