2006 Spring Football Preview: The Defensive Backs

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Other than the loss of All-American cornerback Jimmy Williams and free safety
Justin Hamilton, the Virginia Tech secondary will return virtually intact in
2006. The Hokies regularly place defensive backs in the NFL, and there will be a
lot of future NFL talent on display in Tech’s secondary this fall. Despite the
loss of Williams and Hamilton, this group could end up being even better than

The biggest change in the secondary will be new coach Torrian Gray. Gray, a
former All-Big East performer at Virginia Tech, replaces Lorenzo “Whammy”
Ward, who moved on to the Oakland Raiders. The transition is not expected to be
a difficult one. Gray has six years of coaching experience, including stints at
Maine, UConn and the Chicago Bears.

Gray will have a good mixture of youth and experience to work with. Here is
our projected depth chart for the spring.

Defensive Backs Depth Chart


Free Safety



Roland Minor (r-Jr.)

D.J. Parker (Jr.)

Aaron Rouse (r-Sr.)

Brandon Flowers (r-So.)

Jahre Cheeseman (r-Fr.)

Cam Martin (r-Fr.)

Dorian Porch (r-Fr.)

Victor Harris (So.)