How long does Fuente need to make Virginia Tech a force?

Virginia Tech’s new coaching staff kept things quiet during its first spring in Blacksburg, keeping the media out of practice sessions and leaving an air of secrecy around Justin Fuente’s early months at the helm of the Hokies.

By the end of practice, Fuente still hadn’t named a starting quarterback. In addition, it appears that Virginia Tech’s depth across the board heading into the new season is something of a mystery to everyone except those on the coaching staff and on the roster.

Fuente, of course, has enormous shoes to fill taking over for Frank Beamer, who set the standard in the ACC upon Virginia Tech’s entry into the league with four league titles between 2004-10, including three wins in the ACC Championship Game in a four-year stretch between 2007-10.

It took Frank Beamer seven seasons to truly turn around Virginia Tech, going from 2-9 in 1987 to 9-3 champions of the Independence Bowl in 1993. From there, the Hokies would go on to win three out of the next five Big East titles and play for the national championship after an undefeated regular season in 1999.

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