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Virginia Tech football 2018 spring roster review: Wide receivers/Tight ends

We continue our look at each position group this spring.

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Virginia Tech WR Sean Savoy
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Spring practice is underway in Blacksburg and there are lots of positions up for grabs this spring. Players such as Tremaine Edmunds, Terrell Edmunds, Tim Settle, Brandon Facyson, Greg Stroman, Wyatt Teller, Eric Gallo and Cam Phillips are among those gone. That’s a lot of starts head coach Justin Fuente and defensive coordinator Bud Foster must replace.

Hokie 2018 Receivers and Tight Ends

No Name Exp Position Height Weight Class Hometown High School/Other
No Name Exp Position Height Weight Class Hometown High School/Other
85 Chris Cunningham 2 TE 6' 2" 241 rJr Jacksonville FL Atlantic Coast
91 Vince Zduoba - TE 6' 3" 242 Jr Berryville VA Clarke County
29 Dalton Keene 1 TE 6' 4" 242 So Littleton CO Chatfield
42 Cole Blaker - TE 6' 3" 242 rFr Narrows VA Narrows
89 Drake DeIuliis - TE 6' 5" 240 rFr Charlotte NC Providence
No Name Exp Position Height Weight Class Hometown High School/Other
12 Henri Murphy 1 WR 5' 10" 190 Sr Pine Bluff AR Dollarway
39 Sean Daniel - WR 5' 9" 180 rJr Chesapeake VA Oscar S MIth
86 C.J. Carroll 2 WR 5' 8" 173 rSr Olney MD Our Lady of Good Counsel
8 Phil Patterson 1 WR 6' 2" 193 rSo Virginia Beach VA Bayside
14 Damon Hazelton - WR 6' 2" 217 rSo Baltimore MD Franklin
6 Hezekiah Grimsley 1 WR 6' 0" 182 So Williamsburg VA Lafayette
15 Sean Savoy 1 WR 5' 9" 190 So Washington DC Woodrow Wilson
35 Peter Muskett - WR 6' 2" 194 rFr Springfield VA West Springfield
37 Nicolas Conforti - WR 5' 11" 192 rFr Vienna VA James Madison
87 Tre Coghill III - WR 5' 10" 169 rFr Fredericksburg VA Mountain View
88 Justin Hairston - WR 6' 0" 171 rFr Manassas VA Osbourn Park
83 Eric Kumah 2 WR 6' 2" 217 Jr Woodbridge VA Forest Park
11 Tre Turner - WR 6' 2" 179 Fr Greensboro NC Northwest Guilford
38 Kaleb Smith - WR 6' 2" 210 Fr Bumpass VA Louisa County
46 Nick Reisenweaver - WR 6' 1" 182 Fr Mechanicsville VA Lee-Davis
The current Spring roster of passing targets Hokie Sports

Fuente and his staff have been looking for depth at receiver over the last two seasons and this year is no different. It doesn’t help that some important pieces are out this spring. Ball State transfer Damon Hazelton is expected to grab one of the starting positions at receiver this fall, unfortunately, he is sidelined this spring due to injury. Hazelton isn’t the same type of player as Phillips, but he should be Tech’s go-to receiver this fall if he is completely healthy by August.

In addition to Hazelton, true freshman Tre Turner, one of Tech’s top signees, and junior Eric Kumah are limited this spring. That, of course, opens the door for other young players to make an impact.

One such player is rising sophomore Hezekiah Grimsley. As a freshman last fall, Grimsley played in 12 games, catching just 12 passes. It’s important to note, though, Grimsley caught 10 of those passes in Tech’s final two games. The light came on for Grimsley and he’s certainly put himself in position for a big year.

Sean Savoy was arguably the team’s top freshman a year ago. Savoy started 12 games, catching 39 passes for 454 yards and four scores. In addition to his receiving duties, Savoy was often deployed on the jet sweep and rushed for 116 yards and two more touchdowns. He is an outstanding slot receiver and should continue in that role this fall.

Senior Henri Murphy is arguably the fastest player on the team. Murphy has yet to make an impact as a receiver. He now has an opportunity. He’s shown some game-breaking ability on kick returns. Murphy’s speed is an asset for the offense and he must find a way to make a difference on offense.

C.J. Carroll feels like he’s been around forever. The former walk-on has battled injuries throughout his career. After playing 13 games in 2016, Carroll played in just seven games last fall. Carroll is best-suited for the slot and that’s Savoy’s spot. However, Savoy can move outside if need be and Carroll can come in and play in the slot.

The Hokies have a talented and interesting group at tight end. Chris Cunningham is back for his junior season. Cunningham proved to be a red-zone weapon two years catching just six passes, four of which went for touchdowns.

In Dalton Keene and Drake Deiuliis, the Hokies have a pair of potential difference-makers. Deiuliis was headed for a redshirt season last year when the coaches decided they could use his size in the lineup on the outside. Unfortunately, he got hurt and the team was able to get a medical redshirt. At 6’5”, 240 pounds, he has a tremendous blend of size, ball skills and athleticism. It will be interesting to see how coaches use him.

Keene, a 6’4”, 240-pound sophomore, played in all 13 games last fall, starting 12. He wasn’t used nearly enough in the passing game. That should change this fall.

Stay with us here at Gobbler Country as we’ll continue looking at position groups with the defensive line and defensive backs also to follow this week.