Aug 20, 2013; Blacksburg, VA, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies quarterback Brenden Motley (9) drops back during practice at the Steve Johnson Practice Fields. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports
The 2014 Virginia Tech Spring Game is approaching and the Hokies have had an up and down spring on the offensive side of the ball. The Hokies’ offense showed some potential in the first two spring scrimmages but then had a nightmare of a third spring scrimmage. The Spring Game has arrived and offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler will be looking for his offense to play better while he’ll be watching specific Hokies to see if they are worthy of being a starter. So, here is a look at the top 3 offensive players to watch in this year’s Spring Game.
1. QB Brenden Motley
Brenden Motley had a very good start to the spring though he was disappointing in the third spring scrimmage. Motley will look to prove that his performance in the third scrimmage was a fluke as he looks to put himself possibly ahead of transfer Michael Brewer at the beginning of the summer. Motley has passed Mark Leal on the depth chart and is definitely making a strong run at being the starting quarterback next fall. Brenden Motley will have his chance to shine and make himself the frontrunner for the starting quarterback job in the Spring Game.
Dec 31, 2013; El Paso, TX, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies quarterback Mark Leal (6) takes a snap from center during the second quarter against the UCLA Bruins in the 2013 Sun Bowl at Sun Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
2. QB Mark Leal
Mark Leal has had a very rough season and is going to need to play well in the Spring Game to have any realistic hopes of staying in the hunt to be the starting quarterback. Leal played poorly in the first scrimmage, missed the second scrimmage, and played worse than Motley in the third one. The Hokies’ coaching staff knows that Leal has the experience advantage and a strong performance in the Spring Game will be important. Leal will have a chance to salvage his spring on Saturday but if he doesn’t play well, that could be it for Mark Leal’s starting quarterback hopes.
3. OL David Wang
David Wang started all 13 games last fall at center and was recognized as Honorable Mention All-ACC. Wang is not a name that many people would have expected to see but this is due to how Wang is seen as second on the depth chart at center. Of course, Wang has had some issues staying healthy this spring but guard Caleb Farris is currently at center and Farris will be a starter somewhere. Wang should be able to regain his starting center job but if he struggles in the Spring Game, Wang might be in a harder situation to earn the starting center job for the Hokies.
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