Despite averaging 35 points per game in 2016 (No. 33), Virginia Tech's offense in Justin Fuente's inaugural season as head coach was marred by inconsistent offensive line play. Center Eric Gallo and right guard Augie Conte struggled to prevent penetration from dominant defensive tackles, while stunts and blitzes in pass protection befuddled the group as a whole. Generational skill players Isaiah Ford and Bucky Hodges made tough catches on third-and-long, and Tech's misdirection scheme masked some of the shortcomings up front. With inexperience at quarterback and wide receiver, the Hokies' success in 2017 will rest in large part on improving the offensive line.
Offensive line coach Vance Vice has a handful of upperclassmen with limited experience to replace departed senior starters Jonathan McLaughlin and the aforementioned Conte. These program veterans had first crack to win the vacant right guard and right tackle spots in spring practice.
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