Hokies Football: Why Virginia Tech Should Consider Moving Brenden Motley to Wide Receiver

We are now 40 days away from the Virginia Tech Hokies kicking off their season in primetime on Labor Day night in Lane Stadium against the defending national champion and likely preseason number 1 Ohio State Buckeyes. There are plenty of headlines going into that game with many fans on both sides wondering who will be the starting quarterback for the Buckeyes.

That debate changed some when it was announced that Braxton Miller was going to move from quarterback to wide receiver. Meanwhile, the Hokies seem almost certain to have Michael Brewer be the starting quarterback though Dwayne Lawson or Brenden Motley can’t be ruled out, especially if Brewer were to have a bad fall practice.

However, could the Hokies follow the example of the Buckeyes and move Brenden Motley to wide receiver? Right now, there is no sign that the Hokies have even thought of that, but is it something that could actually be worthy of consideration?

First, this definitely depends on how strong of a transition Dwayne Lawson makes to the collegiate level. If Lawson is able to make the strong transition that many expect him to make, then Motley’s chances of ever starting at quarterback will likely go down a lot. Lawson has also been on campus for over a month, and has had more time than normal for a quarterback that does not enroll early.

Coming out of high school, Motley was seen as an athlete that played quarterback and safety for Christiansburg High School. Motley may not have played wide receiver while he was in high school, but his athletic skills and toughness make him a player that can definitely make the transition to wide receiver.

Brenden Motley’s size at 6’4” and 228 pounds make him a blend of a wide receiver and tight end that could definitely work out of the slot as a big, physical target over the middle, or on the outside when the Hokies want to give Isaiah Ford and Cam Phillips some rest or use them from the slot. Motley doesn’t have great speed for a wide receiver, but his speed is good enough especially for someone that has his size and build.

The Hokies also have not found a great answer for this season at the slot receiver spot with Kevin Asante and Demitri Knowles leading the battle. Motley definitely would be a very raw wide receiver, but his athletic skills and size along with his work ethic and toughness make him someone that could be a solid answer in the slot or on the outside as the third wide receiver behind Isaiah Ford and Cam Phillips.

Moving Motley to wide receiver would also not prevent him from being the quarterback on “Wild Turkey” plays, or being an emergency quarterback if Michael Brewer and Dwayne Lawson got injured. At the collegiate and NFL levels, there have been players who have made this same transition and had plenty of success including Hines Ward, Antwaan Randle El, Brian Mitchell, Patrick Crayton, and Julian Edelman.

It seems unlikely that Brenden Motley will actually move to wide receiver, but with the size and athletic skills he has, it makes you wonder if Motley and the Hokies could follow the example of Braxton Miller and Ohio State, and add some much needed depth at wide receiver behind Isaiah Ford and Cam Phillips.

Hokies Recruiting: Virginia Tech is in the Top 5 for Three-Star OLB/DE Brock Miller

The Virginia Tech Hokies hosted many top recruits from the classes of 2016, 2017, and even 2018 this past weekend with plenty of recruits enjoying their visits to Blacksburg. After getting 2016 OLB Emmanuel Belmar and 2017 DB Devante Smith five days before the Saturday Beamer cookout, the Hokies were able to gain multiple commits.

This past Saturday, the Hokies gained commitments from two three-star recruits, OT Patrick Kearns and LB Tavante Beckett. Yesterday, the Hokies gained another commitment from WR Divine Deablo who is rated as a four-star recruit by ESPN and ranks 172nd in the ESPN 300.

Meanwhile, the Hokies are now a finalist for another recruit who visited this past weekend and is set to announce his commitment on Thursday.

Three-star OLB/DE Brock Miller of John Carroll High School in Vero Beach, Florida announced his top five of Virginia Tech, Virginia, Kentucky, N.C. State, and California after making visits to Charlottesville and Blacksburg this past week. Miller’s announcement will be at 6pm on Thursday evening via the TC Palm newspaper’s website.

Miller is ranked as the 77th best outside linebacker by the 247 Sports Composite and the 63rd best outside linebacker by ESPN. Within Florida, Miller is ranked as the 161st best Sunshine State recruit by the 247 Sports Composite and 137th best by ESPN.

Miller released a top eight not too long ago and has since eliminated Boise State, Mississippi State, and Minnesota to get to his top five. Miller has received 22 offers, 12 of which are from schools in the power five conferences.

Brock Miller is a very good athlete, but is definitely a player that has the frame to add a lot more muscle while also still being a fairly raw football player. Miller seems likely to be an outside linebacker, but could also end up at defensive end with the Hokies being one program that could see him at either position.

Of the final five teams for Miller, the Hokies seem to be the favorite. Virginia Tech received Miller’s most recent visit, and the Florida recruit left very happy and impressed with the Hokies. The Hokies also now have all nine 247 Sports Crystal Ball predictions after their very strong visit with Miller.

Kentucky seems like the top challenger as the lone SEC representative left on the board. Proximity to home doesn’t seem like too big of an issue for Miller, but the advantage of playing in the SEC has helped separate the Wildcats from the other top challengers against Virginia Tech.

All five finalists for Miller have not had the most success over the past few seasons, but the Hokies’ win over Ohio State and 22-year bowl streak have the advantage over these other programs.

The Hokies seem like the favorites for Brock Miller, but don’t rule out Kentucky or any of the other finalists for this three-star outside linebacker.

Hokies Recruiting: Four-Star DE Nick Coe Has Virginia Tech and Auburn in His Top Two

The Virginia Tech Hokies have had a very strong second half of July in recruiting, and it started on July 20th when the Hokies received commitments from 2016 three-star OLB Emmanuel Belmar and 2017 three-star DB Devante Smith. This gave the Hokies some momentum heading into what turned out to be a very successful recruit cookout on Saturday and Beamer camp on Sunday.

The Hokies also gained two commits on Saturday from two 2016 three-star recruits, OT Patrick Kearns and LB Tavante Beckett. Then, the Hokies gained another commitment from three-star WR Divine Deablo, who is rated as a four-star recruit by ESPN, two days later.

While all that was happening, the Hokies were also included in the top two for another highly-regarded recruit.

Defensive end Nick Coe of Asheboro High School in Asheboro, North Carolina announced that the Hokies and Auburn were in his top two. These two schools have long been seen as frontrunners though they have now been able to separate themselves from other major programs including Miami and in-state North Carolina.

Coe is rated as a four-star recruit by Rivals and 247 Sports’ traditional rankings, while ESPN and the 247 Sports Composite have Coe as a three-star recruit. Coe is one of the best recruits in North Carolina as ESPN ranks him 24th within his home state, the 247 Sports Composite ranks him 14th, and Rivals and 247 Sports’ traditional rankings rank him eighth.

Coe is also a highly ranked defensive end with ESPN ranking him as the 60th best defensive end, the 247 Sports Composite ranking Coe as the 19th best strong-side defensive end, and Rivals ranking him 13th among strong-side defensive ends.

Coe has impressive size for a defensive end at 6’5” and around 265 pounds while also being listed as having ran a 4.78 40 yard dash. Coe had a breakout junior season with 70 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, and 19 sacks; and seems likely to earn more than his current nine offers over the next few months.

Nick Coe’s combination of speed, size, and power make him someone that projects to have a huge ceiling whether that is as a defensive end or possibly at defensive tackle. Coe seems fairly raw as a defensive end, but has good reactions and plays with the discipline of a much more experienced player, especially when that involves preserving containment on an interior run or scrambling quarterback to prevent that team being able to turn a bad play into a big one.

The Auburn Tigers had a strong visit with Coe, and are the favorites to gain the commitment of the four-star defensive end. The SEC reputation is likely a major factor for the Tigers along with the success of Auburn getting to the national championship game twice in the last six seasons. The addition of elite defensive coordinator Will Muschamp is also paying huge dividends on the recruiting trail.

However, the Hokies have stayed in the hunt for Coe with Charley Wiles making a big push to get the four-star defensive end. The Hokies also do not have a single defensive linemen committed to their 2016 class just yet, and Coe is clearly one of the top targets for a Hokies’ recruiting class that needs some defensive linemen, though Auburn only has one defensive end commit currently.

The Hokies have built some solid recruiting connections in North Carolina, and are hoping to build in North Carolina after getting WR Divine Deablo. Both the Hokies and Tigers have defensive pedigree with coordinators Bud Foster and WIll Muschamp, but the stability in Blacksburg definitely helps. However, Gus Malzahn’s future stability and recent success has to help compared to Frank Beamer potentially nearing retirement.

Hokies Recruiting: Three-Star WR Divine Deablo Commits to Virginia Tech

The Virginia Tech Hokies had a strong week on the recruiting trail last week, which started out by gaining two commits last Monday from 2016 OLB Emmanuel Belmar and 2017 DB Devante Smith. Then, the Hokies had a very successful Beamer BBQ and camp for players that included Virginia Tech gaining two 2016 commits from LB Tavante Beckett and OT Patrick Kearns.

The Hokies are continuing to see the effects of their strong recruiting weekend today with another commitment.

Three-star wide receiver Divine Deablo of Mount Tabor High School in Winston-Salem, North Carolina committed to the Hokies this evening. Deablo has 17 offers from many major programs other than Virginia Tech including Ohio State, Clemson, South Carolina, Florida, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Penn State, Louisville, Duke, West Virginia, North Carolina, Virginia, and N.C. State.

Deablo becomes the third wide receiver to commit to the Hokies this cycle along with Eric Kumah and Samuel Denmark with the possibility that this list grows to four very soon if four-star WR Tino Ellis commits to the Hokies on Friday. The Hokies can afford to have a large class of wide receivers after getting no wide receivers in the Class of 2015 along with seeing Kendrick Holland and Carlis Parker leave the program before the spring.

Deablo is rated as a four-star wide receiver and the 172nd best recruit by ESPN, while Rivals and 247 Sports rate him as a three-star recruit. Deablo is ranked as the 20th best wide receiver by ESPN, 80th best by the 247 Sports Composite, and 64th best by Rivals. Deablo is also ranked as North Carolina’s tenth best recruit by ESPN with the 247 Sports Composite ranking him 22nd and Rivals putting him 18th among North Carolina recruits.

Deablo has impressive size at 6’4” and just over 205 pounds, which immediately projects him as someone that can be a big target in the red zone. Deablo also shows that he has above-average speed given his size, which could make him a dangerous deep threat as long as he can become a force in the air, and continue to improve his ball skills.

The Hokies will now be hoping that Deablo can help Virginia Tech get a couple more North Carolina recruits including four-star OT Landon Dickerson and four-star DE Nick Coe who included the Hokies in his top two with Auburn. Charley Wiles is the primary recruiter for all three of those players, and has the potential to have arguably his best recruiting cycle in the state of North Carolina.

Divine Deablo is another solid addition for the Hokies’ recruiting cycle as Virginia Tech has gained a lot of momentum on the recruiting trail, especially after a great weekend with tons of top recruits visiting Blacksburg.

Hokies Football: Expect Adonis Alexander To Get Some Playing Time in 2015

With the Hokies returning an extremely high percentage of their starters this fall, it is going to be very hard for the latest class of freshman to find a ay to get playing time this fall. Mook Reynolds is the only obvious choice as a player that will see the field a lot as a freshman while Dwayne Lawson has the talent to take the quarterback job if Michael Brewer slips up, and Yosuah Nijman could be the first offensive tackle off the bench if one of the two starters gets injured.

However, Reynolds may not be the only defensive back that plays a lot for the Hokies this fall.

Adonis Alexander enrolled early for the Hokies, which has given him more time to get up to speed to the collegiate game along with getting in the weight room to bulk up some. Alexander also has the opportunity to earn the starting rover job with C.J. Reavis no longer on the team, and his future status being unknown.

Alexander was used at cornerback and rover this past spring, but the freshman safety will likely stay at rover for all of fall practice due to his big upside at the position. Alexander is still fairly raw as a safety, but his athleticism is valuable, and he seems ready to fight for some playing time this fall.

At minimum, Alexander has shown a high work ethic that could allow him to earn a role similar to what C.J. Reavis had as a freshman last fall. Reavis wasn’t used much on defense for the Hokies, but he was a valuable special teams player that also had the blocked punt against Virginia.

Alexander has the athleticism and work ethic to be a very good special teams player from day one for the Hokies. Frank Beamer has shown a willingness to not redshirt true freshmen that can do damage on special teams, which definitely helps Alexander’s chances of avoiding a redshirt.

Alexnder likely has already been given a decent amount of time on special teams from this past spring, which likely gives him an inside track. Alexander also seems like a quick learner that could be a rapid-developing talent for the Hokies. Alexander might be able to at least earn the backup rover job behind a veteran like Donovan Riley, which could also push someone like Terrell Edmunds back to cornerback.

Adonis Alexander has a bright future in Blacksburg, and he will get some playing time this fall, though it’s still to be determined if it will be more than being a valuable special teams player just like C.J. Reavis last fall.

Hokies Recruiting: Three-Star LB Tavante Beckett Commits to Virginia Tech

The Virginia Tech Hokies started this week strong in the recruiting front getting 2016 OLB Emmanuel Belmar and 2017 DB Devante Smith on the same day. Throughout this week, the Hokies have been preparing for their big recruit cookout with tons of highly-regarded recruits visiting Blacksburg.

The Hokies started off today strong by getting a commitment from three-star OT Patrick Kearns. However, Kearns turned out to not be the only player to commit to the Hokies.

Three-star linebacker Tavante Beckett of Indian River High School in Chesapeake, Virginia was the second player to commit to the Hokies today at the Hokies’ recruit cookout. Beckett has seven offers and chose the Hokies over offers from Wisconsin, Indiana, East Carolina, and others.

Beckett could be a valuable recruiter at his own school where 2016 four-star ILB and Alabama commit Jaquan Yulee, and 2017 four-star athlete Devon Hunter play with Beckett.

The 757 linebacker is ranked as the 31st best player in Virginia by the 247 Sports Composite and 21st best by Rivals. Beckett is also ranked as the 66th best outside linebacker by the 247 Sports Composite.

Tavante Beckett is a quality, under-the-radar pickup for the Hokies that should be an extremely solid commit. Beckett is a tough, hard worker that might not be an elite athlete, but is definitely a productive player. Beckett is a quality tackler and projects as someone who could be a future strongside linebacker for the Hokies as a quality blitzing linebacker, and as someone who can contain running backs to the line of scrimmage on most running plays.

Primary recruiter Bryan Stinespring has done a very good job at sealing the deal on the commitment of Beckett, and is likely very focused on trying to get his Indian River teammates, Jaquan Yulee and Devon Hunter. Beckett could be valuable in trying to get Yulee to flip his commitment from Alabama to the Hokies.

Tavante Beckett is a great, under-the-radar addition for the Hokies that has the potential to maybe see the field as soon as the 2016 season. Don’t be surprised if Beckett rises some in the recruiting rankings over the course of this fall.

Hokies Recruiting: Three-Star OT Patrick Kearns Commits to Virginia Tech

The Virginia Tech Hokies are looking to have a recruiting surge entering the fall, and it seemed to start when 2016 OLB Emmanuel Belmar and 2017 DB Devante Smith committed to the Hokies earlier this week. However, Frank Beamer and company were preparing for this weekend for a big opportunity for recruits to come visit Blacksburg and maybe get some commitments.

The good news is that strategy is working.

Three-star offensive tackle Patrick Kearns of Darlington School in Rome, Georgia committed to the Hokies. Kearns has 19 offers from plenty of major programs including Georgia Tech, Florida, California, Kentucky, and Indiana but chose to commit to Stacy Searels and the Hokies.

Kearns is rated as a three-star recruit by 247 Sports and a two-star recruit by Rivals. Kearns is ranked as the 66th best offensive tackle by the 247 Sports traditional rankings and 95th best by the 247 Sports Composite.

Kearns is an under-the-radar offensive tackle that is in the athletic build that the Hokies desire in their offensive line. Kearns will need to bulk up some from his current 270 pounds, but definitely seems like another solid addition for the Hokies’ offensive line class.

Kearns is the second 2016 offensive linemen to commit to the Hokies joining 757 OT Thomas Jarrett Hopple. Kearns had become one of the top targets for Stacy Searels who also just had highly-regarded four-star offensive tackle Landon Dickerson on campus. Searels is doing a very good job rebuilding the Hokies’ offensive line into one that can be a part of a resurgence.

Patrick Kearns is a good addition to a Virginia Tech recruiting class that has had a strong surge in growth this week.

Hokies Football: Can Joel Caleb Find a Role With the Hokies?

Back in 2012, the Virginia Tech Hokies put together a solid recruiting class that included some players that have made a big impact on the current roster. The Hokies were able to get productive players like Ken Ekanem, J.C. Coleman, Donovan Riley, Augie Conte, Deon Clarke, Nigel Williams, Trey Edmunds, and A.J. Hughes out of that class with more likely to be starters at some point down the road including Seth Dooley and possibly Desmond Frye.

However, the center piece of this recruiting class was athlete Joel Caleb out of Clover Hill High School in Midlothian, Virginia. Caleb was one of the top 3 Virginia recruits along with Eli Harold and Alex Carter, and ahead of guys like Ekanem, Edmunds, Coleman, and Clarke.

Expectations were high for Caleb entering the collegiate level at wide receiver, but after redshirting during the 2012 season, Caleb made the shift to running back during fall practice of the 2013 season. Caleb would struggle to get playing time at running back with Edmunds and Coleman both ahead of him on the depth chart.

Caleb stayed at running back for the 2014 season, but even after Edmunds, Marshawn Williams, and Shai McKenzie suffered season-ending injuries; Caleb was still stuck behind Coleman and Jerome Wright, who most thought had transferred throughout September.

Caleb did have 98 rushing yards and 2 rushing touchdowns on 22 carries this past season, but the redshirt junior was buried on the running back depth chart. However, the coaches made the decision to move Caleb back to wide receiver, giving him the chance to compete for the third wide receiver spot.

Joel Caleb enters this fall practice down on the depth chart at the wide receiver in a battle with redshirt seniors Demitri Knowles and Kevin Asante, along with younger receivers like Deon Newsome and Jaylen Bradshaw. Caleb now has the chance to earn some significant playing time, but the question is can he earn that role.

Caleb still has good size for his position while having the strength to make some of the tough over-the-middle catches on quick passes against linebacker that he would need to make. Caleb still has some of the route-running skills that made him a four-star wide receiver out of high school, and will have had a full spring and fall to make the transition.

However, Caleb is looking like one of those players that just doesn’t really fit in what Virginia Tech wants to do offensively. Caleb is somewhat of a “jack of all trades” type player that doesn’t seem to really fit in a pro offense as a pure running back or wide receiver.

However, that could change now that Caleb has made the move back to wide receiver, but Caleb has always seemed like a more talented Chris Mangus. Mangus made the decision to transfer from Virginia Tech to East Carolina last fall, and you have to wonder if Caleb may transfer if he can’t climb up the wide receiver depth chart this fall.

With Deon Newsome being the jet sweep specialist, Caleb will have to find a way to earn a role on this team, and beat out some high-ceiling young players and older seniors desperate to finish their collegiate careers with a major roles. Caleb will likely come into fall practice with a chip on his shoulder knowing that he could go down as a “what if” player for Hokie fans.

Will Joel Caleb be able to reach some of the potential he had coming out of high school and earn a role on this team? We will just have to wait and see.

Hokies Football: The Recruiting Pipeline From Stonewall Jackson to Virginia Tech

For every college football coach in the country, they will always be looking to find any possible advantage they can use to give himself a better chance of convincing that recruit to come to that school. However, more of this has come to the coaches relying on their current players or commits to help bring in more players to the program.

For the Hokies, they have built a pipeline within Stonewall Jackson High School in Manassas, Virginia.

Back in 2008, Ryan Williams made the decision to commit to the Hokies over plenty of other major programs. Williams became a part of an incredibly talented trio of running backs that also included Darren Evans and David Wilson. However, the Hokies were unable to convert on that connection in the immediate future.

On August 3rd, 2013; three-star athlete Greg Stroman committed to the Hokies out of Stonewall Jackson High School. Stroman was definitely one of the least-talked about players from the Hokies’ Class of 2014, but he fought and earned himself some playing time.

Stroman showed a lot of potential as the answer for the Hokies at punt returner while also getting some time at cornerback. Entering the 2015 season, Stroman will most likely be getting a fair amount of playing time as one of the top four cornerbacks as long as Chuck Clark moves to free safety, and if Donovan Riley stays at rover or possibly free safety.

It is unknown the effect that Stroman had off the field in his high school, but the Hokies have now built a pipeline into Stonewall Jackson High School.

The Hokies received big news at the Under Armour All-America Game in January when Tim Settle announced that he was going to commit to the Hokies. Settle was a game-changing recruit for a Virginia Tech recruiting class that finished very strong with Dwayne Lawson also committing in the final couple of months to the Hokies.

Both Bud Foster and Torrian Gray put a major emphasis on Stonewall Jackson to get Stroman and then Settle with Foster showing that he might just be a better recruiter than many of us realized with the credit he received from Settle. Settle was also somewhat of an unexpected get compared to the way his recruitment was entering the beginning of the fall.

Settle’s commitment has seemed to trigger the domino effect that has made a big impact on future recruiting for the Hokies already. The Hokies gained their next Stonewall Jackson player in March when Reggie Floyd committed to the Hokies to play safety even though most offered him to play running back.

Floyd could still end up playing running back in college for the Hokies depending on how Virginia Tech’s class forms, but the fact that Torrian Gray was still able to convince Floyd to commit to the Hokies has to be due to the work that Gray and the Hokies have put in building a pipeline from Manassas to Blacksburg.

The pipeline continued with a fourth straight class being represented with a Virginia Tech as 2017 safety Devante Smith committed to the Hokies a few days ago. This commitment now gives the Hokies a valuable commit in Smith who could help them in recruiting other top Virginia recruits in the Class of 2017.

With all these players committed, signed, or on the team already; these Stonewall Jackson have the potential to leave a large impact over the next six or seven years on Virginia Tech football, following the example of Ryan Williams. Stroman has already started doing that, and Settle definitely seems ready to do that as a future starting defensive tackle for the Hokies that could even start next season or the year after with Nigel Williams and/or Ricky Walker.

The Stonewall Jackson to Virginia Tech pipeline is alive and well, and is making a big impact on the Virginia Tech program with Greg Stroman leading the way; and Tim Settle, Reggie Floyd, and Devante Smith following the pipeline from Manassas to Blacksburg. Now, these four will look to follow the example of Ryan Williams and become legends in Blacksburg along with leading the Hokies back into another golden era.

Hokies Football: Virginia Tech Has Four on the 2015 Preseason All-ACC Team

The 2015 ACC Kickoff officially wrapped up a couple of days ago, but the ACC used the last couple of days to calculate the media’s votes for the Preseason All-ACC team. Today, the ACC announced their 2015 Preseason All-ACC team, and it included a fair share of Hokies.

Kendall Fuller, Dadi Nicolas, Luther Maddy, and Bucky Hodges are the four Hokies that made the 2015 Preseason All-ACC team. Virginia Tech’s four selections were tied for the second-most in the conference with Florida State as only Clemson had more selections with five.

The Hokies nearly had five selections with Clemson having four in that scenario, but Clemson’s Eric Mac Lain beat Wyatt Teller by three votes for the second offensive guard spot on the Preseason All-ACC team. Ken Ekanem also finished six votes short of the tie for second for a spot at defensive end though another strong season, and Ekanem will make the team next season.

All four players that did make the All-ACC team for the Hokies made it in convincing fashion with Fuller and Nicolas easily having over 100 votes, and Hodges and Maddy having more than 30 votes between them and the next person.

Kendall Fuller received three less votes than Florida State’s Jalen Ramsey, but this duo and Florida’s Vernon Hargreaves will be battling throughout the year to be college football’s defensive back. Fuller and Ramsey also are the early favorites for the ACC Defensive Player of the Year as the only two defensive players that received votes for Preseason ACC Player of the Year.

No one should be surprised if Ramsey and Fuller both make most All-American First Teams at the end of the season with Ramsey at safety and Fuller at cornerback.

Dadi Nicolas easily received the most votes at defensive end with 108 compared to 56 each for Louisville’s Sheldon Rankins and Clemson’s Shaq Lawson. Nicolas is the ACC’s star pass rusher entering the season, and is one of the best defensive ends in all of college football after having 72 tackles, 18.5 tackles for loss, 9 sacks, and 2 blocked kicks last season.

Opposing offensive coordinators will build game plans around trying to contain Nicolas, but as he showed last season, that will be hard to do with his talent and the impressive defensive line that the Hokies have built.

Luther Maddy deservingly received a spot on the 2015 Preseason All-ACC team, and will definitely be playing with a chip on his shoulder to finish his collegiate career in the right way and improve his draft stock. In 2013, Maddy was a force on the inside with 55 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss, and 6.5 sacks. Maddy is ready to once again prove that he is a great defensive tackle that is worthy of being taken in the first three to four rounds of the 2016 NFL Draft.

Bucky Hodges was the one offensive player that made this team for the Hokies, and it is no surprise given his incredible athleticism, speed, and size along with his improving route-running and blocking. Last season, Hodges was impressive with 45 receptions for 526 receiving yards, an average of 11.7 yards per reception, and 7 receiving touchdowns.

Hodges won’t be picked by many as an All-American, but he is a sleeper to surprise a lot of people and receive many All-American honors at the end of the season along with potentially winning the John Mackey Award.

Kendall Fuller, Dadi Nicolas, Luther Maddy, and Bucky Hodges are all deserving of their spots on the Preseason All-ACC team, and no one should be surprised if all four of them are on the All-ACC First Team at the end of the season even if the odds of that happening aren’t good.

Here’s a full look at the Preseason All-ACC team as the released by the ACC’s website.

WR – Tyler Boyd, Jr., Pitt
WR – Mike Williams, Jr., Clemson
WR – Artavis Scott, So. Clemson
TE – Bucky Hodges, r-So., Virginia Tech
OT – Roderick Johnson, So., Florida State
OT – Adam Bisnowaty, r-Jr., Pitt
OG – Landon Turner, r-Sr., North Carolina
OG – Eric Mac Lain, Gr., Clemson
C – Matt Skura, r-Sr., Duke
QB – Deshaun Watson, So., Clemson
RB – James Conner, Jr., Pitt
RB – Shadrach Thornton, Sr., NC State
DE – Dadi Lhomme Nicolas. r-Sr., Virginia Tech
DE – Shaq Lawson, Jr., Clemson
DE – Sheldon Rankins, Sr., Louisville
DT – Adam Gotsis, Sr., Georgia Tech
DT – Luther Maddy, r-Sr., Virginia Tech
LB – Terrance Smith, r-Sr., Florida State
LB – Brandon Chubb, r-Sr., Wake Forest
LB – James Burgess, Sr., Louisville
CB – Jalen Ramsey, Jr., Florida State
CB – Kendall Fuller, Jr., Virginia Tech
S – Jeremy Cash, r-Sr., Duke
S – Quin Blanding, So., Virginia
Special Teams
PK – Roberto Aguayo, r-Jr., Florida State
P – Alex Kinal, r-Sr., Wake Forest
KR – Ryan Switzer, So., North Carolina