Since the regular season ended for the Virginia Tech football team with a 55-17 win over in-state rival Virginia in Charlottesville on Nov. 25, slowly, players have announced that they are returning to Blacksburg in 2024.
First defensive linemen Antwaun Powell-Ryland and Josh Fuge announced they were returning, then quarterback Kyron Drones announce on a radio interview that he'll also be back. Four wide receivers, Jaylin Lane, Da'Quan Felton, Ali Jennings, and Stephen Gosnell announced that they were returning earlier this week, then Dorian Strong and Mansoor Delane announced they were going to come back.
Saturday afternoon, another key piece to Virginia Tech's offense announced on Instagram that he's returning for the Hokies.
Virginia Tech RB Bhayshul Tuten announces he's returning in 2024
Running back Bhayshul Tuten announced on his Instragram page that he is coming back in 2024 for offensive coordinator Tyler Bowen and head coach Brent Pry.
Once ACC play began in late September, Tuten was a huge piece of the Virginia Tech offense running the ball. He averaged 4.7 yards a carry and rushed for 727 yards on 155 carries and had eight touchdowns. He also returned two kickoffs for touchdowns against Florida State and Virginia.
A North Carolina A& T transfer, he originally committed to Boston College last winter, but flipped to the Hokies in January, and what an addition he has been. He scored a season-high three touchdowns in a 48-22 win at Boston College on Nov. 11.
It's no secret that Virginia Tech's offense took off over the final eight weeks when Tuten started becoming effective offensively. Combining with Drones and Malachi Thomas running the ball, the Hokies put up dominating performances in wins over Pittsburgh, Wake Forest, Syracuse, BC, and Virginia in conference play when Tuten was running effectively.
Things are starting to fall into place big time for Pry and the Hokies in 2024 and what a special season could very well be ahead of them.