Virginia Tech looks for success and a return to normalcy

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FILE – Virginia Tech quarterback Braxton Burmeister throws a pass during the first half against Clemson in an NCAA college football game in Blacksburg, Va., in this Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020, file photo. Few Power Five programs struggled through the pandemic more than Virginia Tech. Coach Justin Fuente and the Hokies hope to restore some order this season. (Matt Gentry/The Roanoke Times via AP, Pool, File)

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Virginia Tech coach Justin Fuente hopes the Hokies can return to normal — both pre-and-post-pandemic standards.

The Hokies went 5-6 last year, a season when they often went to practice not knowing who would be available.

They lost more than half their team — and first-year defensive coordinator Justin Hamilton — for a period of time during the season because of COVID-19 infections or quarantining that left them depleted.

Keys to getting back to winning this season are dual-threat quarterback Braxton Burmeister and a healthy defense that has been decimated by absences the past two seasons.

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