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Sam Jessee

Sam Jessee

I joined the Sons of Saturday team in 2020 as a writer and now act as the Website Content Manager.


I'm a born and raised Hokie. My first game in Lane Stadium was in September of 1997 when Tech stomped Big East rival Syracuse 31-3, and I've been hooked ever since.


In 2019, I graduated from Virginia Tech with my Bachelor's in Finance and a few years later with my Mater's in Data Analytics.


My passion for data exploration and visualization fuels much of my work, and has unlocked a treasure trove of projects that I continue to create and manage. I have a love for college football that's growing day by day, and I hope that shows in my work and that it cultivates the same passions in you. Whether it's a Thursday night in Lane Stadium or late Saturday night out in the Mountain West, all football is good football.

graduation '19, BS - Finance // '21, MS - Data Analytics
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Softball Report Week 3: Hokies Ascend in Athens
Sports

Softball Report Week 3: Hokies Ascend in Athens

Pitchers dazzled and hitters swung for the fences as the Hokies went down to Athens for the Georgia Classic, where they won 4/5 games by a combined 37-12 score.

By Sam Jessee | February 27
Softball Report Week 2: Hokies Gain Valuable Experience in the Desert
Sports

Softball Report Week 2: Hokies Gain Valuable Experience in the Desert

The #21 Hokies faced an uptick in competition in Arizona, prepping them for a weekend showdown with Georgia.

By Sam Jessee | February 20
2024 Baseball Season Preview
Baseball

2024 Baseball Season Preview

There's a program being built in Blacksburg, but can an elite offense carry the Hokies back to an NCAA Regional?

By Sam Jessee | February 14
2024 Softball Preview & Tiger Invitational Roundup
Sports

2024 Softball Preview & Tiger Invitational Roundup

The Hokies have high expectations and started off strong with an undefeated weekend in Auburn.

By Sam Jessee | February 14
Hokies Reign Supreme in Raleigh, Beat #3 Wolfpack 72-61
Basketball

Hokies Reign Supreme in Raleigh, Beat #3 Wolfpack 72-61

The Hokies got their biggest win of the season with a balanced performance in one of the most hostile environments in the sport.

By Sam Jessee | February 09
Men's Basketball Midseason Report
Basketball

Men's Basketball Midseason Report

Midway through year 5 under Mike Young, things remain in a similar position: the Hokies are very close to being very good.

By Sam Jessee | January 21
Hokies Stifle the Catamounts in Cassell
Basketball

Hokies Stifle the Catamounts in Cassell

The Hokies were dominant on defense, beating the Catamounts 73-51 to remain perfect at home.

By Sam Jessee | December 17
Hokies Weather the Storm, Upset The Cyclones
Basketball

Hokies Weather the Storm, Upset The Cyclones

The Hokies held tough against a solid Iowa State team to make the Finals of the ESPN Events Invitational vs FAU

By Sam Jessee | November 24
2023-24 Men's Basketball Preview
Basketball

2023-24 Men's Basketball Preview

A comprehensive preview of year five under head coach Mike Young.

By Sam Jessee | November 02
Power Ranking the Virginia Tech Program
Sports

Power Ranking the Virginia Tech Program

Creating a Program Power Ranking for the 2023 season and beyond, and where it puts the Hokies

By Sam Jessee | August 19
2022 Position Previews: Quarterback
Sports

2022 Position Previews: Quarterback

Our preview of the QB position group for 2022

By Sam Jessee | August 17
Top 20 Tuesdays: NCAA Dynasty Mode
Sports

Top 20 Tuesdays: NCAA Dynasty Mode

We look ahead to the release of NCAA 23 next July with our favorite schools to start a Dynasty Mode with

By Sam Jessee | June 28
Top 20 Tuesdays: Tailgate Foods
Virginia Tech

Top 20 Tuesdays: Tailgate Foods

We kick off our summer series with the Top 20 Tailgate Foods!

By Sam Jessee | June 21
Hokies Baseball Rising to National Prominence
Sports

Hokies Baseball Rising to National Prominence

For the first time in school history, the Hokies have a top 5 baseball team.

By Sam Jessee | May 03
5 Big Post-Spring Questions
Sports

5 Big Post-Spring Questions

A dive into the five biggest questions we're left with after spring football.

By Sam Jessee | May 02
Spring Football Review: Revisiting Expectations
Sports

Spring Football Review: Revisiting Expectations

Revisiting our expectations for spring football 2022

By Sam Jessee | April 25
Hokies Baseball Gets Back on Winning Track
Baseball

Hokies Baseball Gets Back on Winning Track

The Hokies grabbed a series win vs Pitt as well as a local rivalry win vs Radford.

By Sam Jessee | March 24
Hokies Take Series 2-1 vs Wright State
Baseball

Hokies Take Series 2-1 vs Wright State

The Hokies have their best start to a season since 2013 at 9-1.

By Sam Jessee | March 07
Hokies Baseball 2022 Season Preview
Baseball

Hokies Baseball 2022 Season Preview

2022 Hokies Baseball Season Preview

By Sam Jessee | February 11
What to Expect When You're Expecting
Football

What to Expect When You're Expecting

After a total restructuring of the Virginia Tech football program, here's what Hokie fans should be ready for heading into spring 2022.

By Sam Jessee | January 25
The NCAA NET Rankings Explained
Sports

The NCAA NET Rankings Explained

Diving into the new and updated version of the NCAA's primary rankings metric.

By Sam Jessee | December 15
A Comprehensive Look at Coaching Candidates
Sports

A Comprehensive Look at Coaching Candidates

A detailed look at each of the leading candidates for the Virginia Tech football head coaching vacancy

By Sam Jessee | November 26
Back to the Drawing Board: Using EPA to Fix the Hokies Offense
Football

Back to the Drawing Board: Using EPA to Fix the Hokies Offense

Using some of the best metrics in the field of sports analytics, we take a look at the Virginia Tech offense through 4 weeks of unconvincing mediocrity. The way forward is simple. The issue is actually being…

By Sam Jessee | October 01
Risk vs Reward: How Running QB's Can Impact Winning
Football

Risk vs Reward: How Running QB's Can Impact Winning

Dual-threat quarterbacks are commonplace in college football now, and at Virginia Tech it's almost a requirement. Analyzing how running quarterbacks can impact teams and how Tech has performed in recent years…

By Sam Jessee | July 22
Blue Devils Conjure Up a Sweep, Hokies Left in Purgatory
Sports

Blue Devils Conjure Up a Sweep, Hokies Left in Purgatory

Hokies get swept in Durham, and now postseason play is in real jeopardy.

By Sam Jessee | May 17
Hokies Flounder vs Wahoos, Bounce Back vs Hoyas
Sports

Hokies Flounder vs Wahoos, Bounce Back vs Hoyas

Hokies drop series to UVA, look to get things rolling in non-conference play.

By Sam Jessee | May 06
Hokies Right the Ship After Wrecking in Raleigh, Look to the Hoos
Sports

Hokies Right the Ship After Wrecking in Raleigh, Look to the Hoos

Hokies blank the Buccaneers after a rough weekend in Raleigh. Up next, the Wahoos.

By Sam Jessee | April 28
Hokies Stung by Yellow Jackets, Bounce Back Against Keydets
Sports

Hokies Stung by Yellow Jackets, Bounce Back Against Keydets

Hokies fall 1-2 over the weekend to Georgia Tech, but come back and beat VMI on Tuesday.

By Sam Jessee | April 22
Hokies Outdrive Demon Deacons, Take Control of Coastal Division
Sports

Hokies Outdrive Demon Deacons, Take Control of Coastal Division

Hokies sweep the Demon Deacons to move to 19-9 on the season and 14-7 in the ACC.

By Sam Jessee | April 12
Comeback Kids: Late Inning Rallies Lift Hokies Over Eagles
Sports

Comeback Kids: Late Inning Rallies Lift Hokies Over Eagles

Hokies take the series against Boston College with a pair of late inning comebacks.

By Sam Jessee | April 05
Spring Cleaning: Hokies Sweep Panthers in Pittsburgh
Sports

Spring Cleaning: Hokies Sweep Panthers in Pittsburgh

Hokies get back on track with a 3-game sweep of the Panthers.

By Sam Jessee | March 29
Sunday Scaries: Hokies Have a Tough Week, Drop Series to Florida State
Sports

Sunday Scaries: Hokies Have a Tough Week, Drop Series to Florida State

The Hokies just have one of those weeks, but starting pitching remains dominant.

By Sam Jessee | March 15
Crowd Lifts Hokies to Series Win Over Tar Heels
Sports

Crowd Lifts Hokies to Series Win Over Tar Heels

The Hokies feed off the crowd and win the weekend against UNC.

By Sam Jessee | March 09
Hokies Hammer Highlanders, Get Set to Face Canes in Miami
Sports

Hokies Hammer Highlanders, Get Set to Face Canes in Miami

Hokies dominate in the #SharkeysClassic with a trip to South Beach on the horizon.

By Sam Jessee | February 24
Hokies Black-Out Golden Flashes, Set Sight on Sharkey's Classic
Sports

Hokies Black-Out Golden Flashes, Set Sight on Sharkey's Classic

The Hokies dominated Kent State on Sunday and will take on Radford in the Sharkey's Classic on Tuesday.

By Sam Jessee | February 22
Lock$ of Saturday: Playoff Weekend
Sports

Lock$ of Saturday: Playoff Weekend

Our final installment of the 2020 season. Tide vs Tiger part 4? Points points points?

By Sam Jessee | December 30
Lock$ of Saturday: Championship Week
Sports

Lock$ of Saturday: Championship Week

It's Championship Weekend! The slate is huge, and some of the spreads are even bigger...

By Sam Jessee | December 16
Lock$ of Saturday: Week 15
Sports

Lock$ of Saturday: Week 15

Get your bookie ready for Lock$ of Saturday Week 15!

By Sam Jessee | December 09
Lock$ of Saturday: Week 14
Sports

Lock$ of Saturday: Week 14

New Month. New Picks. Everyone is undefeated in December.

By Sam Jessee | December 02
Lock$ of Saturday: Week 13
Sports

Lock$ of Saturday: Week 13

We're thankful for football! The crew from the Lock$ of Saturday stuffs their tickets with winners, whips up a side of parlays, and rounds it out with some sweet late night…

By Sam Jessee | November 25
Lock$ of Saturday: Week 12
Sports

Lock$ of Saturday: Week 12

The Lock$ crew is back in action with one of the most loaded slates of the season.

By Sam Jessee | November 18
Lock$ of Saturday: Week 11
Sports

Lock$ of Saturday: Week 11

This week, the crew mixes things up a bit and looks at the big picture.

By Sam Jessee | November 11
Rock Bottom pt. 3: The Troubling Trajectory of Fuente's Program
Sports

Rock Bottom pt. 3: The Troubling Trajectory of Fuente's Program

After yet another national embarrassment to the Virginia Tech program, Justin Fuente and his staff are trying to pull the team out of the depths....again.

By Sam Jessee | November 11
Lock$ of Saturday: Week 10
Sports

Lock$ of Saturday: Week 10

This week we're picking the games that will decide the College Football Playoff.

By Sam Jessee | November 06
Lock$ of Saturday: Week 9
Sports

Lock$ of Saturday: Week 9

The Lock$ of Saturday crew tries to right the ship.

By Sam Jessee | October 30
Lock$ of Saturday: Week 8
Sports

Lock$ of Saturday: Week 8

We get another addition to major college football this week as the Mountain West Conference begins their season! Also, the Big Ten is playing.

By Sam Jessee | October 21
Lock$ of Saturday: Week 7
Sports

Lock$ of Saturday: Week 7

After our first iteration of rivalry week, the Lock$ of Saturday are narrowing in on another key week of storyline filled matchups.

By Sam Jessee | October 15
Lock$ of Saturday: Week 6
Sports

Lock$ of Saturday: Week 6

The boys from the Lock$ of Saturday are gearing up for the biggest week of the 2020 college football season yet.

By Sam Jessee | October 08
Lock$ of Saturday: Week 5
Sports

Lock$ of Saturday: Week 5

It's October and the weather is getting colder, but the board is getting oh so hot.

By Sam Jessee | October 01
Lock$ of Saturday: Week 4
Sports

Lock$ of Saturday: Week 4

As the Hokies finally set the sails, the Lock$ of Saturday crew and rowing the boat strong.

By Sam Jessee | September 25
Lock$ of Saturday: Week 3
Sports

Lock$ of Saturday: Week 3

The competition ramps up as Week 3 gives us our first big time ACC matchup: The 'Ville vs The U.

By Sam Jessee | September 16
Facta, non Verba: How the Hokies Are Taking Action for Social Justice and Change
Virginia Tech

Facta, non Verba: How the Hokies Are Taking Action for Social Justice and Change

The Hokies football program is taking actions to make a change in their communities.

By Sam Jessee | September 13
Lock$ of Saturday: Week 2
Sports

Lock$ of Saturday: Week 2

ACC football is finally here!

By Sam Jessee | September 09
2020 ACC Over/Unders
Sports

2020 ACC Over/Unders

Pack your bags, Hokies. We're going to Vegas!

By Sam Jessee | September 02
Do Stars Matter?
Sports

Do Stars Matter?

An analytical approach to the biggest question in the college football offseason

By Sam Jessee | August 31
Top 50 Hokies Spotlight: Mike Burnop
Alumni

Top 50 Hokies Spotlight: Mike Burnop

You can't tell the story of Virginia Tech athletics without Mike Burnop, because he's been there through it all.

By Sam Jessee | August 12
Top 50 Hokie Spotlight: Tyrod Taylor
Alumni

Top 50 Hokie Spotlight: Tyrod Taylor

Tyrod Taylor was one of the most electrifying players in Hokie history, but he's so much more than just a quarterback.

By Sam Jessee | August 05
Top 50 Hokies Spotlight: Carroll Dale
Alumni

Top 50 Hokies Spotlight: Carroll Dale

With deceptive speed and exceptional route running, Carroll Dale made his mark on the game both as a Hokie and as a pro.

By Sam Jessee | July 26
The Case for Spring Football
Sports

The Case for Spring Football

As college football contingency plans continue to spiral, a spring season is emerging as the most sensible way forward.

By Sam Jessee | July 20
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