Last season, the Hokies opened with eventual national champ Alabama. This year it's number 5 Boise State. With that kind of monster game coming up, Tech players and coaches can't wait to get the season started.
Hokies coach Frank Beamer says a team's comfort level goes back to its quarterback, and that Tech has exactly the guy you want leading your team in senior Tyrod Taylor.
Beamer whose teams have gone to 17 Straight Bowl Games said, "He's well, well respected by the teammates. You know he doesn't talk a lot, but when he does, people listen."
Taylor added, "Like Coach said, when I do speak, it's important and I think guys should listen and they think they do, too. I think that comes with respect."
The Hokies are stacked at tailback with ACC Rookie of the Year Ryan Williams plus Darren Evans, back after missing all of last year with a knee injury. So is sharing the load going to work?
Ryan Williams said, "We both want to go back there and shine in the backfield. And we're finding a lot of ways to incorporate the both of us being in the backfield at the same time. So it's a good look."
With Ryan Williams and Darren Evans both in the Hokies backfield, coaches have yet to make a decision on whether to possibly redshirt Danville's David Wilson for this coming season.
Hokies Sophomore Tailback David Wilson said, - "If I won't in the top two, I probably would want to redshirt unless I was going to be used a lot and guaranteed to be used a lot. And not just be out there four carries a game."
The Hokies new starting punter this year will be Nelson County grad Brian Saunders. After three seasons as the top backup, the redshirt senior earns his first playing time.
Saunders said, "You know I've been waiting for this all my life. I want to go out there and shine and just show everybody that, you know, I come from a small town and just want to prove my point."
The sixth-ranked Hokies hope to prove a point when they open against number 5 Boise State Labor Day night in Landover, Maryland.