A Virginia Tech spokesman confirmed to both Andy Bitter of the Roanoke Times and The Key Play that rising sophomore linebacker Carson Lydon will transfer and pursue opportunities elsewhere.
Lydon played in 11 games as a true freshman last season, appearing mostly on special teams. His redshirt was pulled before the Purdue game after starting mike linebacker Andrew Motuapuaka was injured. Lydon got second team reps for two weeks and played a lot in the second half of the ECU game after Sean Huelskamp was ejected. He made a tackle for loss in that game.
However, once Motuapuaka returned, Lydon spent the remainder of the season on the scout team, which meant he got very little time working with Tech’s defense (the scout team simulates the upcoming opponent each week). He played the rest of the season on the kickoff team.
Motuapuaka (r-Jr.) and Huelskamp (r-Jr.) are expected to be #1 and #2 on the depth chart when practice opens in August. Huelskamp missed spring practice with an injury.