Virginia Tech’s potential coaching change at the end of the season may end up being just one component of possible turnover facing the program this offseason.
The Athletic’s Andy Bitter revealed the list of players participating in Senior Day ceremonies today and boy, is this roster in for some serious turnover.
Here are the players who are set to be a part of Senior Day ceremonies Saturday — Amare Barno, Cole Blaker, Chamarri Conner, Tae Daley, Drake DeIuliis, Silas Dzansi, Changa Hodge, Brock Hoffman, Keondre Ko, James Mitchell, John Parker Romo, Austin Rosa, Oscar Shadley, Lecitus Smith, Tyrell Smith, Nadir Thompson, Tre Turner, Jermaine Waller, Jordan Williams and Johnny Jordan.
Excluding walk-ons, Virginia Tech has 17 players participating in Senior Day festivities, and many of these players are starters. While there’s no guarantee that participating in Senior Day means that a player is not coming back, it’s usually a good indicator that the player intends to either attempt to go to the NFL, possibly transfer to another school, or otherwise not be a part of the team next season.
Of those 17 players, 15 of them are on offense or defense. Nine of them are starters or have played a starter’s share of the snaps this season.
If the Hokies were to lose all of the players above, it would almost certainly decimate both the starting lineups and key parts of the bench. The offensive line would lose three veterans alone, while three starting defensive backs would be gone as well.
Of course, this list doesn’t include additional players who could ultimately choose to transfer after the season. It happens every year, and with a coaching change looming, Tech is certain to lose at least a few guys to the always active transfer portal.
Whoever is coaching Virginia Tech in 2022 is going to have a large project on his to-do list in remaking this roster. It would appear that the Hokies are going to have lots of holes to fill, meaning there’s plenty of playing time to be had in Blacksburg next year.