Aug 30, 2014; Blacksburg, VA, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies tight end Bucky Hodges (7) celebrates with Virginia Tech Hokies running back Travon McMillian (18) after catching a touchdown pass against the William & Mary Tribe at Lane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports

Bucky Hodges's Impressive Debut

Entering fall practice before the 2014 season, it was a mystery about the potential impact that Bucky Hodges would have on the football field this fall. Hodges had looked impressive in the spring but had a lot of climbing to do on the depth chart to get a chance. Hodges was seen as a guy with big potential but the question was could he climb the depth chart enough to get playing time.

Now, Hodges has proved that if you have talent, you can get playing time.

Hodges was used a lot yesterday and should continue to get playing time as Scot Loeffler used the redshirt freshman at a traditional tight end spot and in the slot. Hodges proved early on to be a reliable target and someone that knows how to play the ball well in the air and be a big time weapon in the red zone.

Bucky Hodges had 6 catches for 38 receiving yards and a touchdown yesterday in what was a very good debut performance for the former quarterback. Hodges proved to be someone that Michael Brewer could dump the ball off to when there was no one else open. Hodges led the team with 6 receptions and upcoming opponents will be forced to do some scouting of Hodges.

Hodges also has great height at 6-6 and proved to have the skills to take advantage of that height in the red zone. Hodges showed off his height and really good ball skills on his impressive touchdown reception in the second quarter in what was one of the best touchdown receptions of the weekend. For those who missed it, here’s a look at that impressive touchdown catch by Hodges.

 

Bucky Hodges had a very impressive collegiate debut and the amount he was utilized in the slot and at tight end is just proof of how Hodges will get the chance to make a big impact this fall.

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