Despite being one of the primary concerns coming into the season, the special teams units have been solid thus far. True freshman punter AJ Hughes continues to excel, having averaged 40.0 yards per punt through three games. Kyshoen Jarrett returned a punt 94 yards for a touchdown against Pitt last week, good for the second-longest in school history. As long as the Hokies continue to put up impressive performances on special teams, they should be able to handle to the rest of their non-conference schedule.
I know Tech fans are sick of hearing it, but it’s the truth. For all of its inability to win those seemingly cakewalk victories, the Hokies still pump out 10 wins every season and somehow seem to always compete for the ACC championship. If you think the offense looked bad on Saturday, go watch film from 2007 and 2008 — those teams finished No. 100 and No. 103 in the nation in total offense, respectively. They also both won the ACC and played in the Orange Bowl. I’m not saying this team will do that. But I am saying that one game doesn’t (usually) define a season.
Last week was rough, but expect this week to be (at least a little bit) better. The coaching staff will have their guys fired up, and they won’t be taking the Falcons lightly. If Thomas and the offense can get going early on, this team will be just fine on Saturday.
Hokies 28, Falcons 10