It’s officially transfer portal season. The NCAA transfer portal doesn’t officially open until Monday for most college players. Graduate transfers can enter the portal before Dec. 4, as can those playing at a school where the head coach leaves for another job.
Over the last few days, three Virginia Tech Hokies have announced their intentions to enter the transfer portal:
- Sophomore TE Dae’Quan Wright
- Sophomore RB Bryce Duke
- Senior DB Ny’Quee Hawkins
We covered Wright’s entry earlier in the week. He was Virginia Tech’s starting tight end this season, and his loss will be felt the most. Wright could sometimes be inconsistent, but his playmaking ability brought an added dimension to Virginia Tech’s offense.
Duke, a sophomore running back from Tuscarora High in Leesburg, played in 11 games as a true freshman in 2022. He appeared in all 12 games this season but was behind Bhayshul Tuten and Malachi Thomas on Virginia Tech’s depth chart. In 23 career games for the Hokies, Duke carried the ball 29 times for 128 yards and caught five passes for 48 yards and a touchdown. He also returned three kicks for 50 yards.
Finally, senior defensive back Ny’Quee Hawkins announced he was transferring. Hawkins wasn’t with the team this season. He appeared in 14 career games for the Hokies, making 36 tackles, including three for loss and a sack.
Thank You Hokie Nation for everything!! pic.twitter.com/XVuKI76QXh— Quee (@NyqueeH) November 30, 2023
There will be more names, going and coming. This is the new normal for college football as roster management is critical for success. The Hokies knocked it out of the park with the transfer portal last season, as some of Tech’s top players this season were portal additions from a year ago.
In some good news for the Hokies, Indiana left tackle Carter Smith is visiting Blacksburg this weekend on an official visit. Smith elected to enter the portal after the Hoosiers fired head coach Tom Allen. He is a former top prospect and has three years of eligibility remaining. He would instantly be considered the leading contender to start at left tackle in 2024 if he chooses the Hokies.