Hokie Offensive Line Revamped in 2012

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They're into week two of fall camp at Virginia Tech.

The Hokies will have eight new starters on offense this year.

The biggest question mark is at offensive line where Tech must replace four fifth-year seniors.

The guys say they're getting better each day in practice going against Virginia Tech's mighty defense.

"Our defensive line is deep, and we have plenty of talent on that side, and we are all just working together every day to make each other better," said senior offensive tackle Vinston Painter. "Those guys going at 100 miles an hour is only going to make us better, so we're just going to use that to our advantage. They're a top five defense in the nation and going against them should make us a top five. That's how we view it."

Former Fork Union Military Academy standout Mark Shuman, now a sophomore, is penciled in as Tech's backup at left tackle. He's impressed with what he's seen from the starters.

"They're looking great," said Shuman. "They're trying to get their timing down, but so far, so good. We look really athletic and fast, and it should be a great year for us."

Fellow Hokie left tackle and former FUMA star Nick Acree tore the ACL in his left knee Monday and will be out the entire season.