The Virginia Tech football team was dealt another blow on Monday as sophomore wide receiver Sean Savoy announced his intent to transfer away from the program. Savoy’s announcement comes just one day after linebacker Rico Kearney announced he would transfer.
Savoy made the announcement on Twitter on Monday afternoon, saying that he had talked about it and made the decision with his parents. Savoy mentioned how he had become close with his teammates over his two years with the program, but said that transferring was ultimately the best choice for him. He closed his message by wishing the team the best and thanking wide receivers coach Holmon Wiggins for the opportunity to play Division I football.
Savoy had a breakout year as a freshman in 2017, making 39 receptions for 454 yards and scoring four touchdowns. He was second on the team in both receiving yards and touchdowns, trailing only Cam Phillips.
Savoy’s role on the team diminished in 2018 as he was listed as a backup at the beginning of the season and saw less playing time than the previous season. Through nine games with the Hokies this year, he had made 19 receptions for 188 yards and two touchdowns.
Savoy joins a growing list of players to leave the program mid-season in 2018. In addition to Kearney, offensive lineman D’Andre Plantin announced he would transfer away from the team in October. Wide receiver C.J. Carroll announced in early October that he would be retiring from football.
While the loss of Savoy will hurt the team’s depth, Virginia Tech’s receiving corps has seen significant production from its young players this season. Damon Hazelton, Tre Turner and Hezekiah Grimsley have been among the top receivers on the team, with Hazelton leading the team in both yards and touchdowns.
The effect that the transfers will have on the team is unknown, but the Hokies will have to turn their attention to ending their four-game losing streak and finishing the regular season strong when they take on in-state rival Virginia this Friday.