Training camp for the Hokies opens up on Friday, and I want to remind everyone how far the program has come in the last calendar year. It may sound ridiculous assuming that the program has made progress during a year that included the first losing season in decades. How could a team be sitting in a better position after coming as close as possible to ending their long celebrated Bowl Streak and UVA win streak?
Let me enlighten you.
A season ago, the Hokies were entering camp just a short time after their Co-Defensive Coordinator Galen Scott resigned from his position amidst a scandal that was revealed in a bizarre Twitter rant. Jeremy Webb, a presumed starting defensive back, was out with his 2nd torn Achilles in as many years. Mook Reynolds, a presumed starting defensive back, was kicked off the team. Adonis Alexander, despite being in good standing with the program and a presumed starter, was forced to enter the supplemental draft and move along from the program.
And all of that was BEFORE the team’s best pass rusher, Trevon Hill, was indefinitely suspended and their starting quarterback, Josh Jackson, was lost to a season ending injury by the time they lined up for their 4th game of the year.
So, despite coming off a 6-7 season and having embarrassing losses to BC, Pitt, Miami, Notre Dame, etc. being fresh in our minds, the team isn’t in as much turmoil as it was a year ago.
In short, this year’s team is on stable ground. For better or worse, following camp, we are going to see how good the 2019 team can be. No excuses.