Amazingly, seven months of 2012 have basically flown by and the beginning of August camp is quickly approaching. August is a crucial month as redshirts are determined, the depth charts are finalized, and the roster shrinks to only the players needed to win during the season. Today, we begin on the offensive side of the ball and preview some storylines to watch this August.
Leal is a highly regarded backup in Blacksburg despite only having a few snaps of real game experience, however he was unable to prove it this spring when he came down with a nasty respiratory issue. Behind Leal, the depth chart is thin, so assistant coach
Coleman has the experience of graduating early and playing the spring, so he should be ahead of Mangus and Edmunds throughout August. However, if he struggles to get anything consistent, doors will definitely open for either Mangus or Edmunds to crack the rotation in 2012.
However, both are expected to be completely healthy entering August and will move back into their spots at the top of the depth chart.
Tight end is easily one of the most intriguing positions on the team right now, as the Hokies have a host of legitimate options who could all play in 2012, but nothing really set in stone as of yet.
As we touched on a few days ago, the Hokies have a solid first five or six offensive linemen, but after that, the drop-off is considerable. The Hokies will be fine at the point of attack all season long if they manage to keep the original starting five completely healthy, but to expect that is ludicrous.
An injury is going to happen somewhere over the course of a 12-game season and August will be not only about making sure some backups develop, but also about making sure that key injury doesn't happen before the games start.