BLACKSBURG — Changa Hodge went eight straight games to start his Virginia Tech career without a catch.
That wasn’t an experience Hodge was very used to.
The Villanova transfer had at least one reception in 30 of the 32 games he played at the FCS level. He had more yards in his second career game as a true freshman in 2016 than he did all last season.
By the time Hodge was cleared to fully practice, the team was so focused on game prep that he didn’t get much time to learn the offense and different techniques specific to Tech’s scheme.
Williams said Hodge was just caught up with the rest of the offense when he spoke to reporters halfway through spring camp.
Hodge could be an important piece for a Tech offense looking to establish depth behind Tre Turner and Tayvion Robinson. Two of the other best options — Jaden Payoute and Kaleb Smith — are still battling their way back from injuries this spring.
“He’s giving himself a chance to really have an offseason in this offense and go have a real final year to put it all together and understanding that he can play a big role for us, and it’s really going to help him maybe move on to where he wants to go at the next level,” Cornelsen said.