As I’ve written before, I have some concern about Justin Fuente’s public confidence in Virginia Tech’s passing attack, with much of it residing at the quarterback position.
But when it comes to Virginia Tech’s receivers and tight ends, there’s a much different story.
As Fuente said at ACC Kickoff, this year’s version of receivers aren’t the kind that you can just throw 50-50 balls to consistently and expect them to come down with it. This isn’t 2016.
That's true, but in 2021, Virginia Tech does have pass catching talent that should be able to lighten the load on Braxton Burmeister.
The Hokies’ receiving corps starts with Tre Turner, who is entering his fourth year at Virginia Tech. Turner has been remarkably consistent since enrolling in 2018, as you can see in his receiving stat line since his freshman season…
- 2018: 12 games, 26 receptions, 535 yards (20.6 yards per catch), four touchdowns
- 2019: 11 games, 34 receptions, 553 yards (16.3 yards per catch), four touchdowns
- 2020: 10 games, 34 receptions, 529 yards (15.6 yards per catch), three touchdowns
Essentially, Turner is the same player now as he was when he started. His production has remained steady, regardless of who is playing quarterback. Heck, Turner may be older and wiser, but he’s still listed at 187 pounds on the roster, just the same as he was in 2018.
Turner’s value comes as a big-play threat as he’s shown the ability to make some of those combat catches that I referred to earlier.