Since the college football transfer portal opened up Monday, there have been a lot of players throwing their names into the portal for 2024. Virginia Tech has had tight end Dae’Quan Wright, running back Bryce Duke, and cornerback Derrick Canteen have entered the portal.
Wright leaves an opening at tight end for Hokies coach Brent Pry and offensive coordinator Tyler Bowen, while Duke found himself behind North Carolina A&T transfer Bhayshul Tuten and Malachi Thomas this season. There just wasn’t enough handoffs to go around.
Losing Duke is replaceable, however, there is a hole at the tight-end position without Wright. So far the focus for Virginia Tech has been on linemen with offers they have handed out, but with an opening at tight end, Pry could make a pitch for a former teammate of quarterback Kyron Drones.
Virginia Tech should make a run at Drake Dabney
Drones came to Virginia Tech from the transfer portal last offseason and he’s been a big addition to the Hokies and a big reason for their turnaround this season to become bowl-eligible and playing in the Military Bowl against Tulane on Dec. 27. Now, one of his former teammates is entering the transfer portal and the Hokies should try and reunite him with Drones.
Baylor’s Drake Dabney entered the transfer portal and he would be the perfect addition to the Hokies tight end room with Wright leaving. This season for the Bears, Dabney had 33 receptions, for 552 yards and five touchdowns. The Cypress, Texas native is a big target at 6-foot-5, 248 pounds.
Virginia Tech’s offense made big strides as the season went on and Drones became more comfortable under center. Getting a talented target like Dabney to add to Bowen and Drones next season makes their offense that much better and they could put some crooked numbers up on the board in 2024.