Melvin Keihn to Transfer From Virginia Tech

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Melvin Keihn
Melvin Keihn

Sophomore defensive end Melvin Keihn has been granted his release by Virginia Tech, and he will transfer.  Andy Bitter of the Roanoke Times was the first to report this news, though it has been rumored for several weeks. Many feel he will end up at the University of Maryland.

Keihn played 127 special teams snaps a year ago.   He was expected to play a big role on special teams again this season while serving as Virginia Tech’s #5 defensive end.

Tech’s defensive end roster now looks like this (scholarship players only)…

Dadi Nicolas, r-Sr.
Ken Ekanem, r-Jr.
Seth Dooley, r-So.
Vinny Mihota, r-Fr.
Trevon Hill, Fr.
Houshun Gaines, Fr.
Darius Fullwood, Fr.

That’s very questionable depth behind Mihota, especially since Trevon Hill is likely unavailable this season due to a torn ACL. The Hokies could also use Tremaine Edmunds at defensive end, but he is also a true freshman.

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  1. Wasn’t he someone who never really a traditional LB role in HS? That he was mostly a pass rusher/ If that is the case, he would have trouble playing LB anywhere, not just in our system…Until he learned to play the run and play coverage and not just attack the LOS in an attacking role? SO I don’t see it as not a fill fit for our system. He is going to have issues anywhere? COuld be players coming in but there was an opportunity here with Hill out with an ACL (barring him looking physically imposing) and a senior leaving soon….

  2. Well it shouldn’t be that surprising. The guy was a 4 star recruit and wasn’t a good fit for our defense. He will probably thrive in a more traditional 4-3 defense at LB. Plus I am sure he saw the writing on the wall with us recruiting more traditional DEs that fit our defense. I could have easily seen 2-3 of the true freshmen eventually passing him on the depth chart – Hill, Gaines, and Edmunds if he moves to DE.

    1. If he is transferring to UMD, then it sounds like he would prefer to go to a school closer to home. I am not sure UMD’s situation at DE, but PT could be a factor too.

        1. Regardless if he plays DE or LB at UMD or any other school, PT could still be a factor.

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