Virginia Tech will likely be one of a couple of teams that might legitimately challenge for an ACC Coastal Division title in 2018, which would be its second in three years. It puts the wrap on this session of offseason workouts with its annual spring game on Saturday.
Find game time, information and a preview for the game below:
Virginia Tech spring football date, kickoff time
Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
Date: Saturday, April 14
Location: Lane Stadium, Blacksburg, Va.
What TV channel is the Virginia Tech spring football game on?
The Virginia Tech spring football game can only be watched online.
How can I watch the Virginia Tech spring football game online?
The Virginia Tech spring football game will be streaming on ACCNExtra.
Virginia Tech spring football game preview
Virginia Tech would have loved a better season than their 9-4 overall mark and 5-3 ACC record.
Two of those losses came to Clemson, the eventual ACC champion and College Football Playoff qualifier, and Miami, a team in the midst of its best start in years. But a November defeat at Georgia Tech probably put the biggest damper on the Hokies’ 2017 campaign. They recovered to end the regular season with wins over Pitt and Virginia before falling to Oklahoma State in the Camping World Bowl.
If there’s a positive the Hokies can take out of last season, it’s the play of quarterback Josh Jackson. The Ann Arbor, Mich., product threw for 20 touchdowns and nearly 3,000 yards as a freshman, while picking up 6 touchdowns on the ground.
Jackson, though, slowed down in the latter portion of the year. After 17 passing touchdowns and an average of 258 yards an outing over the first eight games, he only threw 3 touchdowns and averaged just 191.8 yards over the final five games.
Still, that’s a solid first step. And with a full season of play under his belt, Jackson should be ready for the challenges he will face as a sophomore.
One immediate challenge will be in the receiving corps, where the team will be without Cam Phillips (71 catches, 964 yards, 7 touchdowns). Sean Savoy enjoyed a strong freshman year and will be the team’s top returning wide receiver – and likely Jackson’s favorite target over the next couple of years. Other returnees, like Eric Kumah, Travon McMillan and Hezekiah Grimsley, are poised for increased roles in 2018, although we may not see Kumah in the spring game due to sustained injuries. The Hokies also hoped to have Tre Turner, their top incoming recruit, available in the spring, but injuries have held him back as well.
But some of the most notable departures have been on defense. The Edwards brothers – Tremaine and Terrell – both declared for the NFL Draft after the 2017 season, along with defensive tackle Tim Settle. Andrew Motauapuaka, the team’s second-leading tackler, has graduated.
That’s not to say the team doesn’t have any defensive talent at all coming back, though. Reggie Floyd was third in tackles and will return along with Mook Reynolds, who will miss spring workouts for the second straight year due to injury. Trevon Hill, who recently had surgery, has also been unable to participate during the spring but will be back for the regular season.
The Hokies will certainly have some spots to fill, though. And while we may not get a full picture of who might fill those spots until the regular season, the spring game may give us a good idea.