When 2009 turned to 2010, the Virginia Tech Hokies were one of the most consistent football programs in America. The Hokies had won at least 10 games for six straight years and in 10 of their last 12 seasons. And it continued into the next decade with 11-win campaigns in both 2010 and '11.
Then, the Hokies fell into mediocrity. In his last four years as the Virginia Tech head coach, Frank Beamer went 7-6 three times and 8-5 once. Justin Fuente won double-digit games in his first year, but the Hokies have not yet gotten back to a major bowl since making the Sugar Bowl following the 2011 season.
Many of the stars of those earlier teams spent a good portion of their time in Blacksburg during the previous decade. Considering the amount of time played in this decade and the impact made on the field, here is the Virginia Tech All-Decade Team.
QB: Logan Thomas (2010-13)
RB: David Wilson (2009-11)
RB: Travon McMillian (2015-17)
AP: Sam Rogers (2013-16)
WR: Cam Phillips (2014-17)
WR: Isaiah Ford (2014-16)
WR: Marcus Davis (2009-12)
TE: Bucky Hodges (2014-16)
C: Andrew Miller (2010-13)
OL: Wyatt Teller (2014-17)
OL: Blake DeChristopher (2008-11)
OL: Jaymes Brooks (2008-11)
OL: Augie Conte (2012-16)
DL: Luther Maddy (2011-15)
DL: Dadi Nicolas (2012-15)
DL: Woody Baron (2014-16)
DL: Ken Ekanem (2013-16)
LB: Tremaine Edmunds (2015-17)
LB: Jack Tyler (2010-13)
LB: Rayshard Ashby (2018-present)
CB: Kendall Fuller (2013-15)
CB: Jayron Hosley (2009-11)
S: Chuck Clark (2013-16)
S: Eddie Whitley (2008-11)
K: Joey Slye (2014-17)
P: Oscar Bradburn (2017-present)
RS: Greg Stroman (2014-17)
Deepest Position: Cornerback
The Hokies had really good cover corners throughout the decade. Along with the two selections, there was Kendall Fuller's brother Kyle. Antone Exum played well enough that he was drafted into the NFL and stuck around for five seasons. Brandon Facyson and Greg Stroman contributed a few years later, and Caleb Farley had a big 2019.
Leanest Position: Quarterback
Tyrod Taylor was probably the best Hokie quarterback in the decade, but 2010 was his last year with the Hokies. Jerod Evans was great in 2016, but that was his only year in Blacksburg. As a result, the choice was Logan Thomas, a three-year starter and the leading passer in terms of yardage in Virginia Tech history.
Best Season: David Wilson in 2011
A case can be made for Jerod Evans in '16, but Wilson’s 1,709 rushing yards led the Hokies to the ACC Championship Game and a spot in the Sugar Bowl. Since that season, only one Virginia Tech back has rushed for more than1,000 yards: Travon McMillian with 1,043 yards in 2015.
Toughest Choice: Rayshard Ashby over Andrew Motuapuaka
Motuapuaka had four solid, consistent years on the Virginia Tech defense. Ashby has had just two. But the current Hokie linebacker's monster 2019 season gave him the slight edge.
— Written by Jon Kinne, who has been part of the Athlon Contributor Network for three years, covering the ACC and Notre Dame. Follow him on Twitter @JonRKinne.