This coming season, the Hokies will have just four returning players who came to Virginia Tech as scholarship players (so that excludes guys like Will Johnston and Christian Beyer who have played a lot, but were walk-ons). Those four are Malik Mueller, Joey van Zegeren, Adam Smith, and Devin Wilson. Mueller redshirted last season, so he hasn’t suited up for the Hokies. Wilson and Smith were in their first season at Tech last year. That leaves JvZ as the lone scholarship upperclassman that started his career at VT.
Combined, next year’s scholarship roster has played in just 108 games combined at VT with 68 starts and 742 career points. Heck, our returning walk-ons have 234 points, so about 30% of our scholarship guys.
Needless to say, program sales do very well in the first month or two of the season.
And I’ll say this — I’ll take it. Maybe we’d have seen some improvement next year under JJ (could we have won fewer than 2 ACC games?). But we needed to bomb this program, and that’s what has been done. We have a great staff on hand in which I trust. And if they fail, at least we tried and brought in the best we could have hoped for.