Virginia Tech begins a new era under coach Brent Pry, looking to return to the prominence it enjoyed under school standard bearer Frank Beamer.
Pry comes from the defensive side of the ball as coordinator at Penn State, getting his first crack at a head coaching job.
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Getting Virginia Tech rolling starts with anointing a new quarterback. Marshall transfer Grant Wells and South Carolina portal addition Jason Brown are vying for the job. Wells, the favorite, is a prolific passer who has been bitten at times by bad decisions. The receiver corps has thinned but Temple transfer Jadan Blue could provide punch along with returner Kaleb Smith. At running back, Malachi Thomas will carry the load behind a rebuilding offensive line.
Defensively, the Hokies look to improve across the board. D-line addition Pheldarius Payne enters from Nebraska, teaming with holdover Ty Juan Garbutt. The linebacker corps features Dax Hollifield and Alan Tisdale, the top two tacklers. The secondary is pretty stable behind mainstays Amari Chatman and Nasir Peoples.
The three Group of 5 games on the slate are must wins. Losses at Pittsburgh and against Miami back to back seem pretty certain and may take a physical toll.
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Vs. Boston College, Sept. 10
This is no gimme in Blacksburg against the Eagles.
With talented quarterback Phil Jurkovec back under center for BC, the Hokies will be tested in the air. Putting pressure on the passer will be paramount.
Wells will have to use his arm and his head to bring this game home.
Vs. West Virginia, Sept. 22
This Thursday night game presents a short week for both of the former Big East rivals.
The pressure will be on Mountaineers coach Neal Brown coming off another rivalry game against Pittsburgh in the Backyard Brawl a week prior.
Should Virginia Tech not get it done in the opener in Norfolk against Old Dominion, Pry could be staring at a disappointing start with four brutal games to follow.
Virginia Tech’s 2022 regular-season schedule breakdown
Sept. 2 at Old Dominion: W
Sept. 10 vs. Boston College: W
Sept. 17 vs. Wofford: W
Sept. 22 vs. West Virginia: L
Oct. 1 at North Carolina: L
Oct. 8 at Pittsburgh: L
Oct. 15 vs. Miami: L
Oct. 27 at N.C. State: L
Nov. 5 vs. Georgia Tech: W
Nov. 12 at Duke: W
Nov. 19 at Liberty: W
Nov. 26 vs. Virginia: L
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