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Virginia Tech football: Justin Fuente excited about a sense of normalcy heading into 2021

Fuente is cautiously optimistic.

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The 2020 college football season was tough on everyone. Now, with last season in the rearview mirror, coaches, players and fans are looking forward to a more normal 2021 season with stadiums packed.

Virginia Tech head coach Justin Fuente recently spoke to the media after the Hokies’ second practice of fall camp and was cautiously optimistic about a return to normal in 2021, per Virginia Tech’s official website:

It feels great. But there is a little apprehension on how long this feeling of normal is going to last, to be perfectly honest. I haven’t really talked about it with too much of the team, because we’ve only practiced once so far. And I don’t know where this all is going to go. It seems like we’re learning more each day on what may or not happen this season. But yeah, so far it’s been refreshing. We didn’t have the same feeling on certainty at least in the short time we’ve been in fall camp.

Fuente’s apprehension is due to the rising numbers of the COVID-19 variant.

The Hokies open the 2021 college football season on Friday, Sept. 3, against the North Carolina Tar Heels in Lane Stadium.