Going into fall practice, the Hokies have several potention position battles that can impact the season. Here is my take on a potential suprise.
Tight End: Most of the discussion in the spring was focused on Randall Dunn being utilized as an H-Back but there was very little discussion about Chris Drager's full time replacement. Eric Martin got the most snaps of the returners, but based on my film evaluation, his reputation as "the blocking tight end" doesn't translate to the tape. He is lead footed, meaning that his feet freeze on contact during a down block, which allows the defender to get upfield despite Martin's advantagous angle. He also wasn't much of a threat in the passing game.
George George is also limited athletically and fell to 4th on the depth chart in spring. Perhaps the most "quiet" news of the spring was the rosters for the tight end. Martin was listed with the starters along with Dunn on the roster handed out at the gate, but during warmups, Malleck was with Dunn and Martin was with George. Malleck was good enough last fall that the Hokies coaching staff didn't redshirt him (which proved to be a huge mistake.) I suggested then that perhaps the coaches plan on Malleck being the regular tight end with Dunn playing H back.
Then, last week Frank Beamer had some pointed praise for Malleck. According to the Hampton Roads Daily Press, Beamer said that " Malleck is probably Tech's best all-around tight end in terms of his ability to run block, pass protect and be a threat in the passing game."
I think he ends up winning the job. If not, they better redshirt him, but if they do, expect not to see Martin or George much except in short yardage sets.
What are some suprises that you expect to see coming out of fall camp?