The Hokies will look different this season as new offensive line coach Joe Rudolph replaces Vance Vice. In addition, the Hokies lose talented multi-year starters Lecitus Smith, Luke Tenuta and Brock Hoffman to the NFL, one year after losing Christian Darrisaw.
Rudolph comes to Virginia Tech as arguably one of the five best offensive line coaches in college football. We will never know how Pry pulled Rudolph away from Wisconsin, where he coached the past seven seasons and 11 seasons overall, but it was a home-run hire, particularly for a first-time head coach. Rudolph also played for the Badgers in the early 1990s.
If the season began today, this is how we’d project Virginia Tech’s starting offensive line: LT Silas Dzansi, RG Jesse Hanson, C Johnny Jordan, RG Kaden Moore, RT Parker Clements.
If everyone remains healthy, this is a good bet. Dzansi and Jordan are experienced vets. Dzansi has started multiple years for the Hokies at both tackle positions and has developed into a team leader. Rudolph could help Dzansi get drafted, as talent or effort have never been an issue for him. Rudolph immediately began working with Dzansi on improving his technique, and the early signs are encouraging.
Moore is a future NFL starter. He started every game as a true freshman last season and will only get better under Rudolph. Clements is another big and talented young player who should thrive under Rudolph’s tutelage. Hanson finally receives his opportunity after waiting behind Hoffman, Smith and others.
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