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Virginia Tech Pass Attack Needs Artillery Upgrade

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Virginia Tech's wide receiver report card has accrued a grade of questionable in recent seasons. The Hokies look to upgrade that status with a few roster transitions and a crop of promising freshmen. Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images.
Virginia Tech's wide receiver report card has accrued a grade of questionable in recent seasons. The Hokies look to upgrade that status with a few roster transitions and a crop of promising freshmen. Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images.


Virginia Tech's air attack has been grounded and largely neutralized. No, I'm not referring to the air traffic at the Virginia Tech Montgomery Executive Airport. The United States Air Force doesn't employ that airstrip to dispatch its government-issued air traffic. I'm talking about the Hokies receiver corps of late. 

Admittedly the Virginia Tech wide receivers have progressed since offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler's inaugural season as Tech's play-caller. But the Hokies failed to hit many home run balls last season. The air attack suffered a lack of explosiveness that handicapped their game-day approach and made their once-regarded offense mostly one dimensional. 

Consequentially, the Hokies predictably were forced to grind out long, time-consuming drives that sunk their margin of error in harvesting key yardage and scoring points. It's also a mechanical setback that Loeffler would very much like to doctor.

Virginia Tech may have done so with the blossoming potential of the incoming freshmen class. 

Yes, coveted speedster Javon Harrison flew the coup of commitment on National Signing Day, inking an alliance with conference rival Florida Sate, and nationally regarded road runner Isaiah McKenzie vacated the roost, preferring SEC power Georgia over the Hokies' alluring offer. But don't let a few NSD political miscues ruffle your feathers. The Hokies have a select group of promising receivers amongst its freshmen class that opposing conference coaches won't be able to ignore.