BLACKSBURG — Virginia Tech hasn’t been shy about playing first-year players throughout coach Justin Fuente’s tenure.

That trend has continued in 2019 with five players already burning their redshirt and four more one game away. Those players aren’t just filling special teams roles either. The Hokies have four first-year players (three true freshmen) in starting roles.

Tech redshirted 17 players in 2018 and 14 players in 2016 and 2017. Eight of the 17 players that redshirted last year got playing time. The NCAA changed the redshirt rule before the 2018 season to allow student-athletes to play in up to four games without burning a year of eligibility.

Here’s a breakdown of where Tech’s entire 2019 class stands after five games...

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