The first member of the 2023 Virginia Tech football team is heading to the transfer portal on Dec. 4. Tight end Dae’Quan Wright is reportedly going to enter the portal as soon as it opens according to Evan Watkins of 247Sports.
Dae’Quan Wright leaves a void at tight end
The Hokies sophomore in two seasons in Blacksburg had 47 catches for 574 yards. The 6-foot-4, 234-pound native of Georgia has 28 catches this season for 389 yards, while averaging 13.8 yards a reception.
In a 55-17 win over Virginia on Saturday, he had three catches for 64 yards, including a 39-yard reception. Over his last three games against Boston College, North Carolina State, and Virginia, Wright had 11 catches for 164 yards.
Wright’s absence creates a void that head coach Brent Pry is going to have to fill. The tight end depth entering 2024 currently is Benji Gosnell, Harrison Saint Germain, and Zeke Wimbush. A wild card at tight end is senior Nick Gallo who was injured before the season started and he could get a sixth season in 2024 if he decides to apply for a medical red-shirt season. He has yet to make a decision public.
What makes this a tough loss is that there is currently no tight end in the Hokies’ incoming class for next season. Of course, Pry could get lucky and Gallo decides to return for one more season in Blacksburg, but if he doesn’t, they might have to hit the transfer portal themselves to fill the void left by Wright’s departure.