The next P5 opponent for discussion is Pitt vs Virginia Tech (VT).
Justin Fuente enters his sixth year at the helm. His overall record is 38-26 (25-17 conference, 12-5 OOC, 0-1 conference championships, 1-3 in bowls). After a solid first two years (10-4, 9-4) with
Paul Chyrst’s Frank Beamers players, he has a solidly pedestrian record 19-18 (14-12 conference, 5-4 OOC and 0-3 in bowls. Hot seat???
Here is a VT’s and Pitt’s schedules:
Not an ideal bye week – four games before eight after. Only Syracuse has a worse bye week placement. Two Friday games but the first is Labor Day weekend. The second is at Boston College.
You are probably well aware of my love and use of stats and data. I am only going to show one stat. I know Reed and others worry about the snaps (Pickett) Pitt QB’s took and the wish that others had more. What do other teams do?
The charts list any QB who attempted a pass or ran the ball. “Others” are wide receivers, running backs, punters and the unknown “team” passes attempted. Those names in blue are no longer with their team.
Does anyone know what is a “team” pass attempt? I see it on both NCAA and ESPN stats. I do not have a clue how a pass is classified as a “team” pass.
Only Georgia Tech(GT) had a QB that did not miss games due to an injury. Pickett (Pitt) and Lawrence (Clemson) missed two games. Hooker lost four games to injuries. Uiagelelel (Clemson) had 85 of his 117 snaps during his two injury starts. The rest were in his seven mop-up roles during blowouts.
Clemson is already worried because 2021 back-up Phonmachach is potentially out for the entire season with an ACL injury. That leaves walk-on Helms as the only backup. In the incoming class, Clemson does have one QB and a second who played QB in high school, but fans are worried about them being first round selections in the upcoming baseball draft.
Back to the focus of the article.
For those who actually look at these charts NRR is my take-off of available Rivals data. It stands for Numerical Rivals Ranking (NRR). It is just the addition of each 6.1, 6.0, 5.9 down through 5.2 plus 0 for unrated. Divide that sum by the total number of commits and you have an idea of the caliber of the overall recruiting.
VT’s 2021 class is impacted by one unranked (and unsigned) Juco transfer. Maybe the Juco is waiting to summer camp to sign.
Recruiting is definitely on a down swing. I believe there is a problem with the Virginia high school coaches. He is signing fewer and fewer Virginia recruits.
In a truly senseless and tragic occurrence, a 2021 VT commit and early enrollee has a been charged with second-degree murder.
Any Transfer Portal (TP) signees:
I do like to color code important (to me) items. Here is the key for both in and out of the TP.
The best of the group is DT Jordan Williams from Clemson. Conner Blumrick from Texas A&M started his career as a QB. Johnny Jordan from Maryland will add depth and maybe start on the O-Line.
Here are the names to know. The first group are returning All ACC honorees. The second group are Athlon’s preseason 2021 selections. I have removed the names in the first group from the second group to shorten the list.
If the honoree is a transfer, his previous school is listed after his name. Tenula missed most of the 2020 season with injuries.
That is all for recruiting, TP in and names to know. On to who are leaving the VT program.
Virginia Tech lost some good players to the NFL.
I cannot find any free agent data on the last two name. Both were scheduled to be at the VT pro day. Ashby was a second team ALL ACC honoree in 2019. Johnson was an honorable mention selection in 2020. Farley opted out of the 2020 season.
Any portal entries – fourteen as of this writing.
I mentioned Blumrick starting his career at Texas A&M as a QB. He may be needed with the loss of Hooker and Patterson. The biggest losses may be 4-star O-linemen Nestor and Hudson. Nestor started. Hudson was first off the bench for injury replacements ( eight games, two starts). VT is now in the position of having to replace two starters (Darrisaw and Nestor) without having the luxury of their top replacement.
There was some talk of Fuente losing his position after last season, but the $12M+ buyout in a covid year may have been to much for VT to swallow. The first 6 games of the season may seal his fate, one way or the other.
Sorry no stories or background to share. Just the facts, jack.