Fighting Gobbler Poll of the Week: Who is the Hokies’ best tight end?


Dec 31, 2013; El Paso, TX, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies tight end Kalvin Cline (93) makes a catch and gets away from UCLA Bruins safety Randall Goforth (3) during the first quarter in the 2013 Sun Bowl at Sun Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Last Monday, we asked you about who you thought the best wide receiver is for the Virginia Tech Hokies entering this fall? This week, we continue the theme with looking at pass catches by asking the question, who do you think is the Hokies’ best tight end? Before we get to that, here’s a look at the results from last week’s poll.

We would like to thank you for the 48 votes that we received this past week on our poll and the results provided some interesting data. One thing that was proven true was that Hokie Nation seems to agree that we had the top 3 wide receivers with the someone else category getting only 3 votes.

The top vote getter for last week’s poll was Joshua Stanford as he pulled in 27 of the 48 votes. Stanford had a very strong freshman season and it is hard to deny the talent that Stanford has to continue that into his second season. Stanford can make plays all over the field and has a chance to be the best wide receiver that the Hokies have ever had, even better than Jarrett Boykin.

The interesting part was who was second in the voting as despite the fact that Willie Byrn is not listed at the top of one of the two wide receiver spots on the Virginia Tech depth chart, Byrn was second in the voting. Byrn received 13 votes while Demitri Knowles received only 5 votes which just proves that the consistency of Byrn made a big impression on Hokie fans last season.

This week, the four choices for this week’s poll are Kalvin Cline, Ryan Malleck, Bucky Hodges, and someone else. Darius Redman did not make our direct list of choices but he is one of the tight ends that is included in the list of other tight ends. Bucky Hodges has moved from quarterback to tight end and already looks like someone that can get some playing time this fall.

Ryan Malleck was the starting tight end in 2012 and was slated to be the starter in 2013 before injury stopped that but he is still a very talented player. Kalvin Cline was a breakthrough player in 2013 at tight end and while injuries set him back this spring from participating too much, Cline is definitely a serious threat to be the starting tight end in his battle with Malleck and possibly Hodges.

So, who do you think is the Hokies’ best tight end?