The Belk Bowl is almost here with the Virginia Tech Hokies and Arkansas Razorbacks making their final preparations. For the final time, Henry Skutt gives us his three Hokies to watch in this special Belk Bowl edition.
The junior quarterback ends his debut season in D1 as one of the best quarterbacks in Virginia Tech history. He has set the record for most passing yards, most touchdowns, and has the highest completion percentage of any Virginia Tech quarterback. Additionally, if he runs for 81 yards against the Razorbacks, Evans will set the record for rushing yards for a quarterback in a season.
Fuente recruited Evans to come play at Virginia Tech for a good reason. He saw the potential that the quarterback had, and it has come to fruition in his first full year as a D1 quarterback. This final game will be a good test for Evans as he lines up against a decent SEC team. Look for him to be a dominant force for the Hokies offense
If Hokie fans are being honest, this is most likely the last time we’ll see Ford in maroon and orange, so enjoy it while you still can. Ford has enjoyed one of the most successful campaigns as a Hokie wide receiver, leaving the university with basically every record under his name.
Look for him to excel in what should be his final game. Arkansas struggles on defense, and it’s likely that the offensive coaches for the Hokies take advantage of that. Look for him to get at least one more touchdown added on to his already record total, and for him to go over 100 yards in a game for the first time since Pittsburgh.
Another player who will be finishing his storied Hokie career will be the tough and gritty fullback. Rogers epitomizes what it means to be a Hokie, and I expect that he will go out on a good note, playing at the high energy level that he always does, and making an impact throughout the game. Coach Fuente has sung praise for Rogers all year long and I expect that because of that, he will look to get the fullback many opportunities to get his hands on the ball.
Look for him to get lots of carries, maybe score a touchdown, and continue to be his usual self — powerful, energetic, and a team player. It should make for a successful sendoff for one of the players that truly exemplifies what it means to be a Hokie.