The Hokie Herald 2013 Edition 2013 Virginia Tech Hokies Season Preview 2012 Record: (11-3, 6-2) 2012 Bowl: Meinike Car vs Kansas (W) Coach: Coach Hokie Effect (41-14 at VT) Returning Leaders Rushing: SR Antone Exum, 1298 yds 14 TD; SR David Wilson 840 yds 13 TD Passing: SR Antone Exum, 1060 yds 6 TD Receiving: SR DJ Coles, 15 rec 322 yds 2 TD Tackles: SR Zach Horn SS, 72tkls Sacks: SR James Gayle, 10 sacks Interceptions: SR Jayron Hosley CB, 3 INT The 2012 turned out to be quite successful as the Hokies returned to the ACCCG. There were many question marks to begin the season as both the offense and defense turned to new schemes. The newly installed option offense put up impressive numbers as the Hokies finished top 3 in scoring and total offense. RB Sweetness was in the media most of the year, but despite injury was able to back up most of his talking by taking home AA honors and best RB award. Virginia Tech wishes Sweetness best as he decided to pursue an acting career over football as he stars in the upcoming action flick ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œRush Hour 4ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â STARTING QB SR Antone Exum (95ovr, 91spd, 87tha, 91thp) Exum lead the option attack last year and was very deadly on his feet. Virginia TechÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s late season run happened as Exum developed his passing game. Expect to see Exum display his arm more in 2013 as the Hokies look to become more balanced. STARTING BACKFIELD RB- SR David Wilson (98ovr, 95spd, 99acc) RB- JR Jeff Bell (89ovr, 91spd, 93acc) FB- SR Everett Crowell (84ovr) If David Wilson can stay healthy the record books might not be safe as Wilson looks to emerge from SweetnessÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s shadow. Bell is a proven backup and the Hokies have some young speedsters to provide depth STARTING RECEIVERS WR- SR DJ Coles (94ovr) WR- SR Jason Merriman (85ovr) TE- SR Logan Thomas (95ovr) This will be an obvious weakness for VTÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s offense. Who will emerge? STARTING O-LINE LT- SR Andrew Miller (90ovr) LG- JR Kevin Drew (88ovr) C- SO Steve Mitchell (82ovr) RG- FR Patrick Hammond (86ovr) RT- FR Titus Brown (81ovr) Inexperience and a average o-line. Will the dominating running game conitinue? STARTING D-LINE DE- SR James Gayle (91ovr, 85spd) DE- JR Kevin Mullins (86ovr, 87spd) DT- JR Jim Young (94ovr) DT- SR Clay Martinez (91ovr) Young and Gayle provide experience and leadership for the front 4. Coaches are excited about Mullins and think he may be the next great DE for the Hokies. STARTING LB OLB- JR Fabian Goddard (89ovr) OLB- SR Tariq Edwards (93 ovr) MLB- SR Danny Walker (89ovr) Edwards leads this years LB core and has proven to be a front runner to carry the lunch pail. STARTING DB CB- SR James Hopper (87ovr) CB- SR Jayron Hosley (92ovr) FS- SR Telvion Clark (90ovr) SS- JR Zach Horn (88ovr) This years DBÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s are experienced, but can theykeep up with the speed of the rest of the SE teams. SPECIAL TEAMS K- SR Gerard Gunn (86ovr) P- SR Rico Gunn (85ovr) 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 David Wilson (99ovr, 95spd) KR- JR Jason Merriman (97ovr, 93spd) PR- SR James Hopper (99ovr, 93spd) 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 Wilson. The outlook for 2013 looks promising as the Hokies should be the front runner in the coastal division. If someone can emerge as a threat at WR the Hokies offense could put up big numbers again. The defense plans to experiment with some new schemes as they wonÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t be able to outscore everyone. Will this be the year Virginia Tech gets back to a BCS Bowl? Hokie Nation thinks so!!