It was easy to see as the last two months went along, things were slowly changing in Blacksburg around the Virginia Tech football team. After starting 1-3, they won five out of eight ACC games to become bowl-eligible.
They ended with a very good Tulane team out of the AAC and despite them missing some key players and their head coach from an 11-2 team, they still had a lot of talent on the field against the Hokies. The momentum that Virginia Tech had from the end of the season they carried with them into the Military Bowl Wednesday in Annapolis, Maryland.
Following a 41-20 Virginia Tech win over the Green Wave, a former Hokies wide receiver, Eddie Royal gave his thought on the direction the program is heading going into 2024.
Eddie Royal is excited about what he sees with Virginia Tech
Following the game, Royal on X said that he "sees a clear-cut identity" and he "likes what he sees.''
Royal isn't alone in what he's seeing. In two short seasons, the Hokies have made major strides under Brent Pry and the evidence has come in the last month. The former Penn State defensive coordinator has a lot of key pieces committed to returning next season instead of entering the transfer portal or declaring for the NFL.
Speaking of the transfer prortal, he has added four players, offensive lineman Montavious Cunningham, defensive linemen Kemari Copeland and Aeneas Peebles and linebacker Sam Brumfield. Throw in some recruits who are to make some decisions difficult for Pry and his staff, Virginia Tech's clear cut idenitiy is coming into focus.
It's hard not to like what the future holds for Virginia Tech in 2024 and beyond. There is a lot of talent returning and they like playing for Pry and the coaching staff. Things are turning around quickly in the Commonwealth for the Hokies.