Commonwealth rival quarterbacks ready for 2021 season after unusual year
When they eventually got on the field, the 2020 Covid-19 season left more questions than answers, but a couple of things we do know about Virginia Tech- their quarterback is returning, but their 1000 yard rusher is not. Khalil Herbert left some big shoes to fill. He was the first 1,000 yard rusher since 2015. But quarterback Braxton Burmeister is confident, thanks to a veteran receiving core that he’s found chemistry with.
Hendon Hooker, Khalil Herbert not returning to Virginia Tech next season
Hendon Hooker #2 of the Virginia Tech Hokies rushes in the first half during a game against the Virginia Cavaliers at Scott Stadium on November 29, 2019 in Charlottesville, Virginia. (Photo by Ryan M. Kelly/Getty Images)BLACKSBURG, Va. – In a post to Instagram, Virginia Tech quarterback Hendon Hooker announced Thursday that he would be leaving Virginia Tech. Hooker also passed for 2,984 yards and 22 touchdowns in his time at Virginia Tech. Thursday afternoon, Herbert announced on Twitter that he would be declaring for the NFL draft. In one season at Virginia Tech, he rushed for 1,182 yards and 8 touchdowns.
Big second-quarter lifts Virginia Tech past Virginia, 33-15
It was a short hiatus without the Commonwealth Cup for Virginia Tech. After getting beat by Virginia for the first time in 15 years last season in Charlottesville, the Hokies reclaimed bragging rights on Saturday, earning a 33-15 win over the Cavaliers at Lane Stadium. Khalil Herbert rushed for 162 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries for Virginia Tech (5-6), which outscored Virginia in the second quarter, 24-0, to take a 27-7 halftime lead. Brennan Armstrong went 25-of-45 passing for 259 yards and two touchdown in defeat for Virginia (5-5).
Hokies end long stretch of games on the road at Pitt
BLACKSBURG, Va. – Virginia Tech is heading into their ninth straight game on Saturday, another challenge awaiting in Pennsylvania. “Going on the road to Pitt,” head coach Justin Fuente said. “ID whoever we’re going to and be ready to go.”“You have to change your measurement of a successful run when you play Pitt,” Fuente added. “They have playmakers, a lot of playmakers over there,” safety Devin Taylor said. All teams respect Khalil, he’s a great back.”One more push until a much needed bye week.
Barbir's FG gives No. 25 Liberty 38-35 win over Hokies
25 Liberty to a 38-35 victory over Virginia Tech. But officials ruled that Virginia Tech had called a timeout before the kick. “I’ve always done this,” Virginia Tech coach Justin Fuente said. Hendon Hooker paced Virginia Tech, throwing for 217 yards and three touchdowns and rushing for 156 yards and a touchdown. Virginia Tech: The Hokies play Miami at home on Saturday.
No. 23 Virginia Tech routs Boston College, 40-14
BLACKSBURG, Va. – Virginia Tech bounced back from a loss at North Carolina last week, earning a lopsided home win over Boston College on Saturday, 40-14. Virginia Tech is starting to get most of its key pieces back to full strength. 23 Virginia Tech’s 40-14 victory over Boston College. “Just awfully proud of our coaches and players bouncing back,” Virginia Tech coach Justin Fuente said. • Hooker’s second-quarter touchdown pass marked his third passing touchdown of the season and the 16th of his career.
Carter, No. 8 UNC run past No. 19 Virginia Tech 56-45
19 Virginia Tech. 19 Virginia Tech 56-45 on Saturday. Khalil Herbert ran for 138 yards and two touchdowns for Virginia Tech (2-1, 2-1), which again played shorthanded due to coronavirus and injury issues. “North Carolina’s explosive on offense,” Virginia Tech coach Justin Fuente said. Things got closer, but the Tar Heels rolled with an offense that looked equally as prolific whether throwing or running.
'They certainly are dangerous’: Virginia Tech prepares for UNC after Khalil Herbert’s record Saturday
BLACKSBURG, Va. – The 2-0 Tarheels are led by sophomore quarterback Sam Howell, and are partly powered by a strong-run game. But when he gets on special teams, the film speaks for itself. “VT is really known for special teams and it’s something we take pride in,” Herbert said. We’re just correcting those mistakes from all areas of special teams and taking it this week to get better.”Herbert is certainly a Heisman Trophy contender, but he’s taking it one week at a time. “I’m not too worried about it right now, just trying to focus it on UNC,” he said.
Virginia Tech begins with a win, beating NC State, 45-24
BLACKSBURG, Va. – Short-handed Virginia Tech beat NC State 45-24 on Saturday. Before the game, it was announced that Virginia Tech would be without 23 players due to injury and undisclosed reasons, including starting quarterback Hendon Hooker and starting defensive back Jermaine Waller. The Hokies took a 17-0 lead 7:49 into the game on a 46-yard field goal by Brian Johnson, a 37-yard touchdown run by Khalil Herbert and an 8-yard touchdown run by Raheem Blackshear. Johnson then gave Virginia Tech a 37-10 lead on a pair of third-quarter field goals. Virginia Tech all but put the game away with 8:56 remaining, when Patterson scored on a 1-yard touchdown run and a successful 2-point conversion gave the Hokies a 45-17 lead.
Revitalized rushing attack could make a difference for the Hokies
But that hasn’t been the case under head coach Justin Fuente’s “running backs by committee” approach, which does appears to be stronger this upcoming season. During the offseason, Tech welcomed two running backs to help its cause. “Helping those young guys come along and getting the whole team right and for me when my number is called I’m going to come play,” Holston said. This trio will compliment an explosive Keshawn King and a host of other young backs. And by the looks of the talented group, the ground attack will be a threat for this budding offense.