A Closer Look: Va Tech's Offense

The Hurricanes are set to take on Virginia Tech in a showdown on Saturday. Lets take a closer look at Virginia Tech's offense going into that game.

Quarterbacks:
Junior Tyrod Taylor (6-1/215) is a former five-star prospect who has had his ups and downs as the Virginia Tech starter. He does a tremendous job of avoiding the pass rush with his feet, making things happen on the ground, and keeping plays alive with his athleticism. He's completing only 48-percent of his passes this season with 444 yards, three touchdowns, and one pick. He's added 10 yards on the ground in three games. For his career, he's a 54-percent passer with 2,407 yards, 10 touchdowns, and 11 picks. He has 1,177 career rushing yards and 13 scores, two of which came against the Canes last season. His passing numbers rank near the bottom of the conference but his career rushing totals definitely are a plus to Tech's offense.

Running Backs:
The leader of this group is redshirt freshman Ryan Williams (5-9/205), a former four-star prospect. He has 342 yards on 50 carries (6.8/carry) and six touchdowns in three games so far this season and he's added 80 yards on four catches. True freshman David Wilson is a former four-star player and brings some big play ability to the backfield. He's gained 161 yards and one touchdown on just 15 carries so far this season. Sophomore Josh Oglesby (5-11/205), a former three-star prospect, has 83 yards on 21 carries this season and has 20 receiving yards. The Hokies rank 33rd in the nation in rushing offense so far this season.

Receivers:
The Hokies returned both starters from last year in sophomores Danny Coale (6-0/205) and Jarrett Boykin (6-2/215), both of whom were three-star prospects coming out of high school. Coale has five catches for 148 yards this season while Boykin has nine for 94. Both players have just over 500 career receiving yards and Boykin has two career scores while Coale hasn't found the endzone in his young career yet. Also in the mix is sophomore Dyrell Roberts (6-1/190), a former two-star prospect who has scored on two of his three catches this season. He has 269 career yards. Senior tight end Greg Boone (6-3/285) has just one catch for five yards this season but has 39 career receptions for 518 yards and three scores. The former three-star prospect will also run the ball at times, as he's carried it 21 times in his career for 76 yards and a score.

Offensive Linemen:
The Hokies are led by bookend tackles Ed Wang (6-5/300) and Blake DeChristopher (6-5/305). Wang, a senior on the left side, was a three-star prospect coming out while DeChristopher is only a sophomore and was also a three-star prospect coming out. Senior left guard Sergio Render (6-3/315) was also a starter last season and is considered their best interior player. Junior center Beau Warren (6-3/280) and sophomore right guard Jaymes Brooks (6-2/300) both became first time starters this season and are both former three-star players. The Hokies have given up 12 sacks in three games this season.


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