2012 Virginia Tech Hokies Season 2012 Virginia Tech Hokies Season Preview 2011 Record: (7-6, 4-4) 2011 Bowl: Music City vs Arkansas (W) Coach: Coach Hokie Effect (30-11 at VT) Returning Leaders Rushing: SR Sweetness, 762 yds 10 TD Passing: SR Ju Ju Clayton, 4003 yds 24 TD Receiving: SR Xavier Boyce, 46 rec 838 yds 2 TD Tackles: SR Lorenzo Williams FS, 78tkls Sacks: SO Jim Young DT, 8 sacks Interceptions: JR Jayron Hosley CB, 3 INT 2011 was definately a season to forget. The Hokies who dominated the ACC their first 2 years struggled against both user and cpu teams. With a pass happy offense the team seemed very one dementional and had struggled playing consistantly on the offensive side of the ball. Hampered with injuries and the inability to protect the ball made for a heartfelt season. After a strong recruiting class and returning several key players on both sides of the ball, the Hokies looked to get back to their winning ways in 2012. STARTING QB SR Ju Ju Clayton (91ovr, 86thp, 89thp) JR Antone Exum (91ovr, 90spd, 86tha, 90thp) After getting some quality playing time last season due to injuries to Clayton and a hard working offseason, Exum will compete for the starting postion despite Claytons prroduction the past 2 seasons. STARTING BACKFIELD RB- SR Sweetness (99ovr, 96spd, 99acc) RB- JR David Wilson (94ovr, 94spd, 99acc) FB- JR Everett Crowell (79ovr) This will be the Hokies strong suit this year. Expect alot of carries from Sweetness and Wilson. With an opposite approach this year focusing on the running game, QB Exum will likely get some carries as well running the option offense. STARTING RECEIVERS WR- SR Dyrell Roberts (97ovr, 96spd) WR- SR Xavier Boyce (94ovr) WR- JR DJ Coles (92ovr) TE- JR Logan Thomas (92ovr) A solid recieving corp should help provide a balance attack this year. TE Logan Thomas might emerge as a star this year. STARTING O-LINE LT- JR Andrew Miller (85ovr) LG- SR Vinston Painter (96ovr) C- SR Michael Via (97ovr) RG- SO Kevin Drew (83ovr) RT- SR Nick Becton (95ovr) Overall not the best o-line the Hokies have assembled, but should provide holes big enough for the RB's to make plays. STARTING D-LINE DE- JR James Gayle (85ovr, 85spd) DE- SR Joe Jones (89ovr, 82spd) DT- SO Jim Young (91ovr) DT- SR Antoine Hopkins (89ovr) Very inexperianced d-line, a healthy dose of blitzing may be needed if the front 3/4 can not provide pressure on its own. STARTING LB OLB- SR Jake Johnson (93ovr) OLB- JR Tariq Edwards (89 ovr) MLB- SR Bruce Taylor (96ovr) SR Bruce Taylor finally will get his chance to shine as 3 year starter Barquell rivers moves on. This years LB will provide the working man's attitude. STARTING DB CB- SR Eddie Whitley (92ovr) CB- JR Jayron Hosley (89ovr) FS- SR Lorenzo Williams (90ovr) SS- SO Zach Horn (84ovr) SS- SO Aaron Melton (82ovr) This years DB will have to grow up quickly, as the pass defense has always been a weak point in years past. Inexperiance at the SS position may cause problems under VT's defensive scheme. SPECIAL TEAMS K- JR Gerard Gunn (84ovr) P- JR Rico Gunn (83ovr) The Gunn twins were both under some heat last year with lack of leg strength. Lets hop all those squats paid off during the offseason. KR- SR Sweetness (99ovr, 96spd) KR- SR Dyrell Roberts (99ovr, 96spd) PR- SR Dyrell Roberts (99ovr, 96spd) Put your fastest guys in open space and cross your fingers. Lets hope the move to KR will not provide more opportunities for injury for Sweetness. The overall outlook for the 2012 is unexpected. There has been some shake up on the coaching staff after last years dissapointing season. Expect some new Offensive and Defensive schemes this year. So with the inexperiance at many of the positions on both sides of the ball and a new style of play, this year could go in either direction. Coach Hokie is hoping his gamble pays off and VT will be sitting atop of the college polls in 2012.