Veteran Receiving Corps Will Help New QB for Virginia Tech Hokies in 2014

By Tyler Brett
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Bob Donnan – USA TODAY Sports

The Virginia Tech Hokies are looking for a spark to help their offense in 2014 after a woeful effort last season. Their biggest concern this fall has been finding their next starting quarterback after the graduation of Logan Thomas. While nobody has stepped up and run away with the job just yet, whoever wins the QB derby will be helped immensely by the returning talent of the VT receiving corps.

While the Virginia Tech passing attack was far from prolific in 2013, ranking No. 9 in the ACC with 236.2 yards per game, they did excellent production from a number of pass-catchers. Willie Byrn, Demitri Knowles, and Joshua Stanford all caught at least 40 passes for 640 yards last season and each of them returns to lead the passing attack in 2014. Byrns, a senior, led the way with 51 catches for 660 yards and two touchdowns. Stanford, just a sophomore, was the most explosive of the group, leading the team with 16 yards per catch average.

Add in the return of tight end Kalvin Kline (26 receptions, 321 yards, 2 TDs as a freshman) and 6-f00t-6 redshirt freshman Bucky Hodges, and Virginia Tech has a stable of pass-catchers that should help any quarterback find some success in 2014. That will be an important boost for the QB position this season after the team suffered through inconsistent efforts the last few years. Putting the pieces around the quarterback to find success will be a serious help to whoever ends up under center this fall.

So while the Hokies continue to figure out their quarterback situation, the team can take some confidence in the pieces they already have in place. With veteran receivers filling out the depth chart, Virginia Tech has the pieces to make any of their quarterbacks find quick success in 2014.

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