Today is June 7, 2019, which means we are officially 85 days away from the Virginia Tech Hokies opening the college football season at Boston College. In yesterday’s countdown, we looked at recently departed receiver, C.J, Carroll, who unfortunately had his football cut short due to injury.
In today’s countdown, number 85, we look at another former receiver, Tommy Marvin. If you don’t remember Marvin, that’s understandable as he was a Hokie from 1961-1964 all the way back when Virginia Tech was a member of the Southern Conference.
Virginia Tech’s first great receiver was the legendary Carroll Dale, who played for the Hokies from 1956-1959. You’ll hear a lot more Dale tomorrow. But Marvin essentially succeeded Dale as Tech’s lead receiver and finished his time in Blacksburg as the second best receiver in school history, at least for that time.
In his three playing years, Marvin finished with a total of 60 receptions for 770 yards and five touchdowns. While those numbers won’t overwhelm you, remember the era in which he played. Teams didn’t throw the football a lot in those days. Marvin ended up leading the Hokies in receiving for three straight seasons, a sign of his consistency and was a All-Southern Conference selection in each of those three years. He was a member of the second team in 1962 and 1963, and made the first team in his senior season of 1964. Marvin would also become an honorable mention All-American in 1964, too.
So, Hokie fans, does anyone out there have any memories of Marvin? Unfortunately, there aren’t a lot of videos and pictures out there from Marvin’s time in Blacksburg. But if you’ve got memories, share them.
So, here’s a spoiler for tomorrow. Number 84 will be the great Carroll Dale.