McCray Moves to Tight End

, TechSideline.com, on November 5, 2012
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Virginia Tech announced over the weekend that Zack McCray has been moved to tight end, effective immediately.  The Hokies are losing three senior tight ends after this season, and they hope the move puts McCray in a position to compete for playing time this spring.

McCray came to Virginia Tech as a highly-touted 4-star defensive lineman from Brookville High School in Lynchburg.  He redshirted in 2010, and played in all 14 games as a r-freshman in 2011.  He saw 141 snaps on defense, and 59 on special teams.  However, he didn’t have the impact that many projected, and he finished with only 14 tackles and one TFL.

This August, McCray played both defensive end and defensive tackle.  The Tech coaching staff considers him a tweener – not quick enough for defensive end, and not big enough for defensive tackle.  He has been beaten out for playing time on the defensive line by a pair of r-freshmen – Kris Harley and Dadi Nicolas.

As a result, the 6-5, 256-lb McCray has been moved to tight end.  Randall Dunn, Eric Martin and George George will all be gone after this season, and an opportunity for playing time will be available.  The depth chart will be wide open, following starter Ryan Malleck .  Here’s a look at Tech’s projected tight end roster for the spring…

Ryan Malleck (Jr.)
Duan Perez-Means (r-Jr.)
Darius Redman (r-So.)
Dakota Jackson (r-Fr.)
Zack McCray (r-Jr.)

Of those guys, the only proven player is Malleck, who took a big step forward Thursday night against Miami.  It’s a good move for McCray, who was unlikely to unseat anyone on the two-deep on the defensive line this spring.

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