BLACKSBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) Two weeks ahead of the Virginia Tech football team kicking off the season against West Virginia in our nation's capital, the Hokies held their annual media day in Blacksburg.
Many of the players said they're excited to go head-to-head with the Mountaineers, while Justin Fuente said he's happy to have a full season as the Hokies head coach, under his belt.
"Each year is different," said Fuente. "You have different players, your teams are different. What motivates them is different, how they handle ups and downs are always different. But just from a comfort level with our staff, I think there's just a little bit more level of comfort with what's going on and how things operate on a daily basis."
Now that Fuente and his staff have named Josh Jackson as the starting quarterback, the first string offense can now also start to become more comfortable as a unit.
"Obviously, I feel a lot more comfortable," said Jackson. "I'm not really focusing on the competition. I'm focusing on just getting better with my teammates and everything like that. I think we've all started to gel together, and I think it's been going well."
"He's going to continue to become a bigger leader for our offense as the season goes along," said Hokies Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach, Brad Cornelsen. "That's something that comes pretty natural to him. He's going to be put in situations where he's going to be able to lead more often, and we're going to need him to."
Though the Hokies are depending on some fresh faces to move the ball down the field, the team remains confident in the experience they have on defense.
"Whether we have to win 6-3 or 35-33, we're going to find ways to do that, and I think that's where this team is right now," said Defensive Coordinator, Bud Foster. "Obviously, our expectations here are to be a special defense, year in and year out."