2014 Summer Position Rankings: Virginia Tech’s Top 5 Wide Receivers

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Nov 16, 2013; Blacksburg, VA, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies wide receiver Demitri Knowles (80) runs as Maryland Terrapins defensive backs Isaac Goins (17) and Alvin Hill (27) defend in the fourth quarter. The Terrapins defeated the Hokies 27-24 in overtime at Lane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

3. WR Demitri Knowles

Demitri Knowles was probably seen as the Hokies’ second best wide receiver so it might be seen as a disappointment for Knowles to be dropping but Knowles had a strong season. The reason why Knowles is here is that there are just a couple of minor areas that Knowles is weaker than the two guys ahead of him that caused Knowles to be here.

However, Knowles could possibly jump up to number 1 with a strong season.

Knowles had 45 catches for 641 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns this past season with the potential to see these numbers climb if the Hokies can find a reliable quarterback. Knowles was very effective on screen plays as he showed a very good first step to take advantage of whatever space he could find. Knowles averaged 14.2 yards per catch last season and those numbers are defintiely very good numbers.

Demitri Knowles continued to impress this past spring and showed his very good speed in the Spring Game as Knowles used him on the jet sweep on some plays. Knowles is also currently listed on the depth chart as one of the two starting wide receivers which just shows how much respect he has gained from the coaches.

However, Knowles still hasn’t maximized his potential just yet but he definitely could grow more as a junior as he looks to work on building his draft stock for the future in his redshirt junior season. Knowles is continuing to improve and is now ready to take his game to the next level and potentially become the Hokies’ top receiver in a very strong receiving corps.