Team preview: Virginia Tech

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(All information as of July 1, 2005)


Virginia Tech entered the ACC last year with a chip on its shoulder and the Hokies finished the season hoisting the league's championship trophy over their heads.

Tech rolled to a surprising 7-1 league record in its first season in the Atlantic Coast Conference and delighted in each victory in the conference over teams that had for so long seemingly looked down their noses at them. The Hokies were a near after-thought in the preseason after staggering to an 8-5 record in 2003 in the Big East. That mark doesn't seem too shabby except Tech was 6-0 and ranked No. 3 in the country at one point.

Critics were out in full force, saying that veteran Coach Frank Beamer had lost his touch and that his team would be over-matched in the deeper ACC. So with a largely unknown team, hit heavily by graduation, Beamer turned in one of finest coaching efforts in a career marked by solid efforts. The offense was steady and sometimes spectacular behind ACC Player of the Year, senior quarterback Ryan Randle; the defense was rejuvenated with the emergence of several hungry and hittin' Hokies, and the special teams, were -- as always -- special.