2. Continue to Develop the Transfer Players
Much of the Hokies’ recent success, especially on the offensive side of the ball, has been players who are transfers from other programs. Burmeister has found a key role in the Hokies’ offense a year after transferring from the University of Oregon. Redshirt senior running back Raheem Blackshear found himself in a consistent role, both in the run and passing game, this season after transferring from Rutgers University. Blackshear looks to provide the same impact and beyond this season for Virginia Tech in a crowded backfield. Blackshear is projected to start for the Hokies by several media outlets when the 2021 season kicks off.
Former Clemson Tigers defensive tackle Jordan Williams looks to add more depth and solidity to the Hokies’ defensive line. This Virginia Tech football program could use as many contributors as they can after their defense was ranked 82nd in the nation in points allowed per game (32.1). In the three seasons at Clemson, Williams has accumulated 39 total tackles, 19 solo tackles, eight tackles for loss, and four sacks.
The Hokies will add a solid long-time starter from the University of Maryland in Johnny Jordan. The former Terrapin is a 2020 Big Ten Honorable mention as he started in four of the five games this past season for Maryland. He also started in the majority of the 23 games played for the Terrapins in 2019 and 2018. He is expected to arrive during the summer where he will likely start at the center position. This will push senior Brock Hoffman, who started 10 games at center this past season for Virginia Tech, at right guard.