3 huge standouts from Virginia Tech's 2024 Spring Game

If there is one takeaway from Saturday's Spring Game, there's a lot of depth on the Hokies' roster.
Oct 26, 2023; Blacksburg, Virginia, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies defensive lineman Keyshawn Burgos (2)
Oct 26, 2023; Blacksburg, Virginia, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies defensive lineman Keyshawn Burgos (2) / Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports

Saturday afternoon at Lane Stadium, Virginia Tech played its annual Spring Game. It was one of the more anticipated games in some time in Blacksburg. Why? First off, the Hokies were coming off a 2023 seaosn where they won six of their last nine games, including a Military Bowl victory over Tulane.

Second, head coach Brent Pry got a lot of retainment for the 2024 season from his 2023 roster with key players deciding to come back for one more season with the Hokies. One observation from the game is that they are much father ahead in terms of being prepared for the fall then they were at this time last season. It's night and day, something you expected.

There were a lot of individual performances that stuck out in the game and here are three players who really stoodout.

Keyshawn Burgos

The defensive lineman made an impact from the first snap of the afternoon until his final one. On the first offensive possession, he got his hand up in front of a Pop Watson pass that ended up with Kemari Copeland, a transfer from Iowa Western Community College, making an interception.

The two teams combined for 13 sacks, which were hand-touched, no tackling, and Burgos had three. Virginia Tech's defense is going to be a difficult one for opposing offenses to deal with this fall and if Burgos continues his play from the spring into the fall, it's only make it a more deeper and tougher group to prepare for.

P.J. Prioleau

Bhayshul Tuten and Malachi Thomas return to the backfield from last fall, but boy, did P.J. Prioleau have an afternoon and gives offensive coordinator Tyler Bowen another three-down back who can come in an make plays. He had 62 rushing yards on six carries, including an impressive 31-yard touchdown run.

He also caught two passes from quarterback Kyron Drones for 29 yards and a touchdown. What stood out was Prioleau's speed once he got into the open field and on the touchdown run, he hit the huge hole and outran the defense into the end zone. He could be a big contributor this fall.

Jeremiah Coney

Like Prioleau, Jeremiah Coney had a good day with the ball in his hands out of the backfield. The Virginia native had 11 carries for 81 yards, averaging 7.4 a carry, and showed speed and being able to change directions when needed. He got into a couple games last season for the Hokies, but like Prioleau, he makes the running back room a lot deeper than originally thought and look for him to make a case over the summer to play some next fall.

Again, there was a lot to like fro a lot of players in the game and the overall attitude was incredible. One major takeaway, there is a serious amount of depth going into fall practices over the summer and depth is a great thing for a team looking to take a major step in 2024.