The aforementioned Evans will be back in Blacksburg in ’17, but who exactly will he be throwing to? The answer could turn Virginia Tech into College Football Playoff contenders.
Receivers Phillips, Isaiah Ford — who broke his own single-season Virginia Tech receptions mark in this win — and tight end Bucky Hodges are all draft eligible. It’s a trio that Evans has used expertly, spreading the ball around to all three vs. Arkansas, with Phillips and Ford hauling in six passes each and and Hodges with five.
Rogers is the next-closest receiver, with 22 catches, but he’s exhausted his eligibility. That leaves C.J. Carroll (18 catches) next in line.
The Hokies have the potential to return nine starters on offense — though they’ll lose the entire right side of the line — and seven on defense. But those receivers could be the difference for a team that will certainly be ACC Coastal Division favorites, and potentially more.
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Article source: http://www.foxsports.com/south/gallery/epic-belk-bowl-comeback-gives-virginia-tech-momentum-17-123016
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