Like a lot of new players, it takes time to get accustomed to their new team and the system they are coming into. Bhayshul Tuten, who transferred from North Carolina A&T, got his feet wet in the four non-conference games, but once ACC play began on Sept. 30 at Lane Stadium against Pittsburgh, things changed and he became a difference maker rushing the ball and on kickoff returns. He returned two kickoffs for touchdowns in games against Florida State and Virginia and on both kickoff returns, he impressively hit the opening holes quickly and outran both coverage teams.
Tuten rushed for 727 yards this season on 155 carries and eight touchdowns. He had a three-touchdown game at Boston College in November against the school he originally committed to last December in the transfer portal before de-committing and choosing Virginia Tech. Bowen also utilized Tuten in the passing game and he had 25 receptions for 220 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Like Drones, Tuten recently announced that he is also returning in 2024, and like his quarterback, a full offseason in Blacksburg is going to do wonders for him entering next fall.