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2017 Schedule
10-4, 1st in ACC - Coastal
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2dHeather Dinich

Noles-Tide matchup highlights Week 1 docket

Florida State vs. Alabama, and Michigan at Florida are among the marquee matchups slated to air on the ESPN family of networks during Week 1 of the 2017-18 college football season.

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Virginia Tech announced receiver Damon Hazelton has officially enrolled at school, but must sit out 2017 because of NCAA transfer rules. He still helps bolster a Virginia Tech receiver group that has question marks for this season and beyond. Cam Phillips, a rising senior, is the only receiver back who contributed in a significant way a year ago. If Hazelton meets his potential, he's in line for a big role in 2018.

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5dAndrea Adelson

Ball St. WR Hazelton transfers to Virginia Tech

Wide receiver Damon Hazelton is transferring from Ball State to Virginia Tech but will not be eligible to play for the Hokies until the 20178 season.

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

ACC commissioner John Swofford said he expects the revenue gap between his conference and the Big Ten and SEC to close once the ACC Network launches in 2019. "That's why we're doing the channel," Swofford said. "We fully expect a gap with particularly the Big Ten and SEC here for a couple of years but that's the very reason we've signed to do what we're doing. We fully expect that gap will narrow considerably when we get the channel up and running."

Tom VanHaaren ESPN Staff Writer 

Virginia Tech landed four-star Pennsylvania wide receiver Darryle Simmons on Sunday. Simmons chose the Hokies over Penn State and North Carolina among others, and adds to Virginia Tech's strong 2018 class. Head coach Justin Fuente now has three ESPN 300 commitments and five commitments ranked as four-stars.

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24dAndrea Adelson

Get ready for the Year of the Defense in the ACC

While strong QB play got the ACC's headlines in 2016, the defenses, which feature some of the league's top stars, may generate a national buzz in '17.

James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dolphins selected receiver Isaiah Ford out of Virginia Tech. He put together back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons for the Hokies and will try to add depth to an already deep receiving corps in Miami.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

New Rams FB Sam Rogers, from Ashville, Virginia, grew up watching the Redskins, where Sean McVay was a coach. "They use versatile guys, guys that can do a lot of different things, and I feel like I fit that mold pretty well. It's an honor to be a Ram right now."

Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

Remember when the Vikings pursued Jared Cook in free agency? They wanted another tight end who could do damage over the middle of the field, and they'll hope Bucky Hodges can help improve their passing game in a similar manner. The converted quarterback will need to refine his route-running skills in the NFL, but his physical traits (6-foot-6, a 4.57-second 40 and a 39-inch vertical leap) make him worth a look.

Jamison Hensley ESPN Staff Writer 

With their final pick of the 2017 draft, the Ravens select Virginia Tech safety Chuck Clark in the sixth round. He's a physical, three-year starter in college who projects to be a special teams player in the NFL. Baltimore needed to add depth at safety behind Eric Weddle and Tony Jefferson.

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Virginia Tech coach Justin Fuente said nobody has the lead in the quarterback competition, so he will continue to evaluate A.J. Bush, Josh Jackson and Hendon Hooker into the fall. His decision-making process? "Keep an open mind and evaluate it. If one person separates themselves, then we should name him the starter. I don't go into it with a preconceived date or notion about who should start or what day we should declare a starter."

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31dDavid M. Hale

Who is the ACC's next DeMarcus Walker?

The ACC is chock full of strong pass-rushers, including DeMarcus Walker's former teammates at Florida State and NC State's Bradley Chubb.

David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer 

Justin Fuente says he views his 3 QBs as essentially even right now. "They all bring unique qualities ... but it's not like we're repping different types of offense." Fuente said he's been impressed with freshman Hendon Hooker but needs to see continued growth by fall camp. He also said he's in no rush to name a starter.

Tom VanHaaren ESPN Staff Writer 

Virginia Tech is currently sitting at No. 21 in the ESPN class rankings for 2018. That is the highest ranking at this time in the process since the 2014 class when the Hokies were ranked No. 14 overall. With three ESPN 300 commitments in the class, coach Justin Fuente already has more ESPN 300 commits than the 2017 class in its entirety.

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46dAdam Rittenberg

Future defense rankings: Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech will once again have a great defense under D-coordinator Bud Foster. The Hokies' back seven will be particularly strong, but the front four is a concern.

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