Although they most certainly didn’t see their eventual 6-6 regular season coming ahead of them at the time, the Virginia Tech Hokies opened up the 2012 season with a Labor Day night victory against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. That win, however, was bittersweet. During the contest, Virginia Tech lost one of its most versatile offensive weapons in WR D.J. Coles to a season-ending knee injury. It was an unwanted hiatus that may have made that 2012 Hokies record a little more flattering.
Well, the 6-4, 238-pound senior is returning in 2013 for his fifth season, and will almost surely provide a spark on offense that VT desperately looked for at times last season.
As I threw in before, Coles’ most important attribute is his versatility. His size is such that he can move in to the tight end slot, if need be, to throw a wrench into some of the defensive gameplans of opponents. At times during this past spring practices, new offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler even had Coles lining up in the backfield at the fullback slot.
Using the large-framed wide receiver at different spots on the field adds an unpredictability factor to the Virginia Tech offense that can do nothing but help on that side of the ball. And, believe me, the Virginia Tech offense may have been one of the most predictable in college football last year.
This may be stating the obvious, but Coles’ return should provide the biggest boost to the confidence of the Hokie’s embattled senior QB, Logan Thomas.
With Thomas battling to improve his own on-the-field demons this season, having D.J. back as an outlet throughout different parts on the field may help Logan return back to his 2011 form that had some NFL scouts drooling.
D.J. Coles will be hungry when he steps on to the field this season. Any player with his kind of talent that is forced to miss an entire season usually is. With VT losing three receivers to graduation from last season, Coles will immediately be the go-to-guy offensively.
Defenders in the ACC will no doubt have their hands full this year. That is, if they can figure out where he’s lining up on the field.