Heisman Trophy candidate junior Kevin Jones at running back leads the Hokie offense. Jones has excellent speed and even better moves. He has rushed for 863 yards on 158 carries and 10 TD's. He also has an impressive 5.5 yards per carry average. His backup, sophomore Cedric Humes is a very good RB also. Hume has rushed for 340 yards on 55 carries for a 6.2 yards per carry average.
Junior QB Bryan Randall has been hot and cold this season. He has completed 86 of 137 passes for 1,042 yards and 9 TD's. He's also thrown 7 interceptions. Randall is also a big threat rushing the football. He has rushed for 303 yards on 53 carries and 3 TD's for a 5.7 yards per carry average. Pitt will also have to defend the speedy and strong-armed freshmen QB Marcus Vick, as he will see plenty of action also.
VT has an extremely quick defense that likes to pressure the QB. The Hokie defense is led by junior cornerback DeAngelo Hall. He is an outstanding athlete, but he'll have to sit out the first half of the game because he was involved in a fight last week in the Miami game. Hall is also an outstanding punt returner and already has 2 TD returns this season.
Senior defensive end Cols Colas is a force to be dealt with and the Panthers will have to pay special attention to him. Other standout defensive players include sophomore LB Brandon Manning, senior LB Vegas Robinson and junior CB Eric Green. Senior safety Michael Crawford is one of the Big East's leaders in tackles for a loss also.
Last but not least is the Hokie special teams unit, which is annually among the best in the country. They have blocked many kicks by the Panthers over the years. VT blocked 7 kicks last season. Every player that accounted for one of those blocks returned this season.
VT had more returning starters this season than any other team in the Big East Conference. 8 starters on both sides of the ball returned from last season, plus both kickers. Pitt defeated VT 28-21 last season in Blacksburg. VT was ranked #3 in the country at the time.