Before the 2023 season kicked off, Virginia Tech football coach Brent Pry announced that tight end Nick Gallo was going to miss the season with an injury. That left a hole at the position and Dae'Quan Wright ended up getting a lot of the snaps there.
Shortly after the Hokies beat Virginia, 55-17, on Thanksgiving Weekend to become bowl-eligible, Wright announced that he was entering the transfer portal which depleted the position for next season. With no incoming tight ends in the 2024 recruiting class and not getting one so far in the transfer portal, it is a position of need for Pry and offensive coordinator Tyler Bowen. That need was filled on Monday.
Nick Gallo announces he's coming back for 2024
Monday, New Year's Day, Gallo announced on X that he's returning to Blacksburg for 2024 and adding a valuable and experienced player to the offense.
The Richboro, Pennsylvania native has 55 receptions for 469 yards and a touchdown for the Hokies in his first three seasons. He has averaged 8.5 yards a catch and is another option for returning quarterback Kyron Drones and Bowen.
It's not just the receiving and option Gallo is, it is also how good of a blocker he is for the running game. Next season, the running game is going to be a big part of what Virginia Tech does on offense with Drones and Bhayshul Tuten.
In the Hokies' 41-20 Military Bowl victory over Tulane on Dec. 27, Harrison Saint Germain and Benji Gosnell filled Wright's void at tight end and both caught a touchdown pass. Saint Germain's was right before halftime to give Virginia Tech a 17-10 halftime lead, then Gosnell hauled in a 10-yard touchdown pass from Drones for a 34-20 lead in the fourth quarter.
The last month has been a win-win for Pry and Virginia Tech looking ahead to 2024.