BLACKSBURG, Va. (WFXR) — The last time Virginia Tech took the field, the Hokies beat Liberty, marking the high point of an otherwise underwhelming 3-8 season. Since then, head coach Brent Pry has worked on changing the culture in Blacksburg, setting the standard, and preaching accountability.

“That’s our very first fundamental. Guys understanding that everything they do, it matters. And you got a lot of people that are counting on you to do the right things,” said Pry. “To accomplish the mission, we all got to be accountable for to what we’re responsible for and the guys have embraced that.”

The second-year head coach is sticking with Grant Wells as the starting quarterback, hoping year two at QB1 yields better results offensively.

“Grant, his consistency throughout the spring, summer, camp, his accuracy throwing the ball, his decision making,” said Pry. “Now he’s gotta go out there and do it in Week 1 and I have a lot of faith that he will.”

Wells beat out Kyron Drones during fall camp to secure the starting nod for Saturday’s opener against Old Dominion.

“All year I had understood what they wanted me to work on and get better at and I prioritized that pretty hard,” said Wells.

The preseason poll has the Hokies picked to finish 11th in the ACC, but Pry’s priority is to return the program back to its winning ways.