It has been a rough few years for Virginia Tech, but don't expect that to dampen the Hokies' confidence.
After being one of the most consistently programs in the country with eight straight seasons of 10 or more wins, the Hokies are in a bit of a lull going 7-6 and 8-5 in their past two seasons.
Has the past two years hurt the players’ confidence? Not one bit.
ACC media days kicked off in Greensboro, N.C. Sunday with the media getting a chance to talk to the various schools’ player representatives. Senior receiver Willie Byrn and senior defensive tackle Luther Maddy represented Virginia Tech.
When asked about the team’s expectations for 2014, Byrn did not back down.
"It's ACC Championship or bust and I think our whole team has that mentality." Willie Byrn at #ACCkickoff— VT Football (@VT_Football) July 20, 2014
While all roads in the Atlantic Division seem to lead to Tallahassee and the defending national champion Florida State Seminoles, the Coastal is wide open. Even with the team’s struggles in the past few seasons, many analysts believe Virginia Tech could challenge for yet another division crown. From there a conference championship is only one win away.
Just in case the Hokies do win their fifth title since joining the league in 2004, Maddy decided to introduce himself to the ACC Championship trophy.
ACC media days will continue Monday with the coaches speaking to the media. Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer is scheduled to speak at 5:25 p.m.