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Virginia Tech’s Brock Hoffman off to fast start

The arduous journey back onto the field continues Saturday afternoon when the Hokies play their first road game against winless Duke (0-3), roughly 120 miles east of Hoffman’s childhood home in Statesville, N.C.

Hoffman (6 feet 3, 317 pounds) transferred to Virginia Tech from Coastal Carolina to be closer to his family, with his mother continuing to suffer side effects from having a benign brain tumor removed in 2017. Changing schools trimmed Hoffman’s transportation time almost in half.

After receiving extensive documentation regarding her condition, the NCAA denied Hoffman’s initial waiver request for a medical hardship and subsequent appeal. The decision, Hoffman later revealed, brought his mother, Stephanie, to tears.

Coach Justin Fuente repeatedly questioned the reasoning behind the NCAA’s ruling, calling it disappointing at best while lamenting the hardship Hoffman and his family went through only to be dealt another setback.

“He’s a really intelligent player, so he’s able

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Virginia Tech offensive lineman Brock Hoffman return a joyous moment | Virginia Tech

Brock Hoffman

BLACKSBURG — Brian Hoffman isn’t one to let his emotions get the best of him, but even he had to take a moment to collect himself when he saw his son Brock come out of the tunnel at Lane Stadium on Saturday night carrying the American flag.

It was a long 673 days for the Hoffman family since the last time Brock Hoffman dressed for a game.

“It was like, holy cow, here we are, it’s finally here,” Brian Hoffman said. “When I saw him run out with the flag, it hit me really hard.”

The family was put through the wringer by the NCAA last season in Brock’s much-documented attempt to get a waiver for immediate eligibility.

Hoffman transferred to Tech from Coastal Carolina to be closer to his family in Statesville, North Carolina, with his mother still suffering from side effects after undergoing surgery

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“That’s my best friend.” Braxton Burmeister, Brock Hoffman bonded as NCAA made them sit out out last season.

All the late nights Brock Hoffman and Braxton Burmeister spent talking, dreaming about what might become reality when they finally got their chances at Virginia Tech, propping each other up when they got low made the waiting bearable.

Now, the pause in their college football careers is over.

When they put their uniforms on Saturday night for Virginia Tech’s season opener against North Carolina State (1-0, 1-0 ACC), they could both be more than just guys interminably waiting their turns on the sideline after sitting out last season as transfer athletes.

Hoffman will likely be Tech’s starting center, and Burmeister is expected to be in a timeshare with fellow quarterback Hendon Hooker. Shared patience has forged a deep bond.

“That’s my best friend,” said Hoffman of Burmeister, a 6-foot-1, 205-pound redshirt junior who transferred to Tech last year from Oregon. “Honestly, me and him went through those tough times together,

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