Transfer Damon Hazelton Hopes to Give Hokies Offense a BoostPosted: Updated:
Virginia Tech wide receiver Damon Hazelton will make his Hokie debut this season.
He sat out last year after transferring from Ball State, where he caught 51 passes for over 500 yards as a true freshman with four touchdowns.
"He's just a big, talented strong receiver" says quarterback Josh Jackson. "That's what you want in a guy like that. He's also a great leader on this team."
"He's one of those guys that just loves football" says head coach Justin Fuente. "He likes being around, catching balls, trying to improve or get better and I think that rubs off on those guys."
Quarterback Josh Jackson racked up over 3,300 yards last season. He completed 60 percent of his passes, throwing 20 touchdowns.
Jackson also ran for six scores starting every game as a redshirt freshman. Now he enters his sophomore season.
"Just trying to get the ball out faster," says Jackson. "Continue to elevate my knowledge of the game and I think I've gotten a lot better with that over the summer."
Redshirt sophomore DeShawn McCleash led the Hokies in rushing last year averaging almost five yards per carry but the run game as a whole last year often was unproductive.
"There was a lot of times when we were 1-on-1 with the safeties and we just didn't make them miss," says McCleash. "This spring we overemphasized making the linebackers and safeties miss just winning those 1-on-1 battles."
The Hokies kick off the season Labor Day night with a showdown at Florida State.