Virginia Tech Season Preview 2009 Virginia Tech Hokies Football Preview Offensive Star: Tyrod Taylor Defensive Star: Jason Worilds Key Losses: Sean Glennon QB, Devin Perez FB, Nick Marshman OG, Ryan Shuman C, Dustin Keys K, Orion Martin DE, Brett Warren ILB, Purnell Sturdivant ILB, Victor Harris CB. Long time coach Frank Beamer pulled off what was arguably his best coaching job in 2008, guiding his team to yet another conference title and Orange Bowl win in what was thought to be a rebuilding season. One has to think that just the added experience alone will yield noticeable improvements - and perhaps another ACC title. Virginia Tech's strengths: Due to a youth movement of sorts at WR, passing numbers for the Hokies were anything but gaudy during the 2008 campaign. However, Tyrod Taylor's growing skill set could make him one of the best dual-threats in the country this year. Of course, you've got to mention the infamous lunch pail defense as a strength when mentioning Virginia Tech - and this year is no different. All the necessary pieces (namely Cordarrow Thompson and John Graves on the interior line, and valuable backups Demetrius Taylor and Antoine Hopkins) are in place to match and likely improve upon what already is a top ten unit in both total D and scoring D. Virginia Tech's weaknesses: Inexperience at linebacker could be a potential weakness in what otherwise appears to be another stellar, Hokie defensive unit. As was also the case last year, "Beamer Ball" does not look as though it will be back to the way we're used to seeing it with Frank's squads. Solving their kicker situation in particular will be important. 2009 will be a success if: The Hokies can take home their third ACC title in a row (having already won three out of the past five). Virginia Tech will be the conferenceÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s highest ranked team in this year's preseason polls and also a heavy favorite to pull off the three-peat. It's a manageable task, especially when you consider how the team won last year despite all the holes on offense and special teams. Only one true test on the road in conference this year will however be a clash Georgia Tech on October 17th. Key Out of Conference Match-up: Alabama. The Hokies will learn a lot about the kind of football team they are right off the bat when they take on the Crimson Tide in the Georgia Dome during week 1. A win would certainly help their confidence, as well as helping the league's reputation.