Our series continues today with the Hokies, who return just one full-time starter from a strong offensive line in 2011.
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Virginia Tech: C Andrew Miller
2011 stats: Miller started all 14 games as a junior last season, playing more than 900 snaps, including every single one in nine games.
What he means to the Hokies: The Hokies' line last season paved the way for David Wilson to notch the most single-season rushing yards in school history. It returns just one full-time starter from that line. As The Virginian-Pilot's Andy Bitter notes, Miller accounts for all 14 starts that Virginia Tech returns up front this season, whereas last year that number was 164. The offense is expected to undergo growing pains -- as is any that is forced to replace that much of its foundation -- but it does return a potential NFL quarterback in Logan Thomas, along with what is expected to be one of the top defenses in the country. If the Hokies want to continue their reign near the top of the conference, they will need key people to step up on offense, which starts with the line. Having a returning man in the middle who also happens to be a senior is an invaluable commodity, as Miller can hold the line together and help bring along the new starters.