Since taking over for Grant Wells as quarterback for Virginia Tech, Baylor transfer Kyron Drones has been getting better and better each week. In fact, he is playing with a lot more confidence and it’s amazing what happens when offensive coordinator Tyler Bowen can do with the offense when he takes advantage of what Drones brings to the table.
Since coming on in relief of Wells who suffered an ankle injury in Week 2 against Purdue, Drones has been taking the next step in his development as a Hokie and now, he is facing his biggest challenge this upcoming weekend.
Is Kyron Drones ready for the big moment against Louisville?
Let’s be honest, Drones has done a nice job of running the offense of late. Before Virginia Tech’s bye week, he had two big performances against Pittsburgh and Wake Forest at home, then followed that up with another good performance against Syracuse in a 38-10 win where he threw for 194 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 65 more. In his only ACC road game at Florida State, he played well in the loss.
Now he gets to make a name for himself on the road against the Cardinals. The winner of this game is going to take control of the second spot in the ACC title game and be in the driver’s seat to play in early December at Charlotte. Can he continue to make plays with his legs and arm in a pivotal moment on the road in a hostile environment?
Drones brings a different dynamic and skill set than Wells does and it has worked for Virginia Tech. He can make plays by reading the defense and his deep ball has become a strength as he showed against Syracuse when he threw a perfect ball to Da’Quan Felton for a 62-yard touchdown. Against Florida State, he tucked the ball and took off for a big gain against a talented Seminoles defense.
Bowen is going to have to use Drones’ skill set within the offense to keep the Cardinals off balance defensively. If Wells was at QB, it would be a different-looking type of offense Louisville would see, but with Drones in there and the emergence of the running game, anything is possible. This is Drones’ chance to prove himself in a big game for Virginia Tech. The gut feeling is that he’ll be ready.