Talented Hokies face early season challenge



BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Virginia Tech looks poised for another title run in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

The Hokies defense has designs on being the school’s best ever. The offense is led by 6-foot-6, 260-pound quarterback Logan Thomas, who passed and ran his way in to Virginia Tech’s record books last season.

They won’t have to wait for their first test. The Hokies open with a Monday night game followed by another contest five days later. Two years ago that schedule left them 0-2 with losses to Boise State and James Madison.

Virginia Tech plays Georgia Tech and its triple-option offense on Sept. 3, followed by Austin Peay on Sept. 8.

Coach Frank Beamer says the big difference between 2010 and this year is the Hokies play the Yellow Jackets in Blacksburg.