National CFB writer gives reason why Virginia Tech is a threat in the ACC in 2024

Tom Fornelli of CBS Sports gives his reason why the Virginia Tech football team is a threat in the ACC in 2024.

Nov 18, 2023; Blacksburg, Virginia, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies quarterback Kyron Drones (1) throws a
Nov 18, 2023; Blacksburg, Virginia, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies quarterback Kyron Drones (1) throws a / Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports

Just like in the NFL, a college football team is only as good as their quarterback is. If there was one team that found that out last fall, it was Virginia Tech. Baylor transfer Kyron Drones took over in Week 3 at Rutgers for the injured Grant Wells and after getting his feet over two weeks, you saw just how good of a signal caller he could be.

A big reason for the Hokies' turnaround from a 1-3 team to a 5-3 ACC team that finished the season at 6-6 to become bowl-eligible was once Drones got comfortable and the offense took off. There is a ton of excitement surrounding Virginia Tech during spring practice and going into the fall and a lot of has to do with Drones. One national college football writer thinks if the Hokies are going to be a threat in the conference, it’s going to be because of Drones.

Can Kyron Drones pick up in 2024 where he left in 2023?

Drones is truly a dual-threat quarterback and that was on display last fall. His confidence in throwing the ball got higher and higher each week, but it was his legs that really opened up the offense. The 6-foot-2, 231-pound Texas native was able to break through tackles and run over defenders while being able to shift away from defenders. He finished the season rushing for 818 yards and five touchdowns.

If there was one takeaway from the games Drones played in, he very rarely forced to throw the ball into coverage. He only had three interceptions and 17 touchdown passes while throwing for 2,084 yards. He was able to throw a good deep ball while he was in the pocket and while rolling out as he did at Virginia, finding Stephen Gosnell downfield for a touchdown pass on fourth down to get the scoring going in a 55-17 win over the Cavaliers.

It’s no secret that the Hokies can be a threat to the top teams in the ACC and with a schedule that includes Clemson and Miami as their two toughest conference games, there is no reason that they could be a big threat in the ACC. Under third-year coach Brent Pry, the foundation is built and the Hokies appear to be on their way back to being a threat in the conference.