2006 Virginia Tech Football Season Preview: Linebackers

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The Virginia Tech linebacking corps has garnered high praise from nearly
every media outlet in the country heading into the 2006 season. Xavier Adibi and
Vince Hall return, and both are expected to have big seasons. But will they have
help from the whip linebacker position, and what will happen if either Hall or
Adibi goes down to injury?

Mike Linebacker

Hall, 6-0, 244, r-Jr.

Xavier Adibi gets a lot of press and is perhaps the more popular linebacker
with the majority of Virginia Tech fans, but it is Vince Hall that is the best
linebacker on the team and perhaps the best in the ACC. He has started since his
r-freshman season. Last year he recorded 112 tackles, fourth in the ACC. He made
8.5 tackles for loss and scored two defensive touchdowns.

Hall is not an amazing athlete, but he is one of the most instinctive
linebackers the Hokies have ever had. He hits like a truck and is a preseason
All-American by many publications. Look for Hall to be Tech’s top player on
defense this season.

Brett Warren, 6-0, 224, Jr.

Brett Warren has quietly developed into a very capable mike linebacker over
the past couple of years, but nobody knows it because he is behind Vince Hall.
Warren is very instinctive and was much improved in pass defense this past
spring. In the weight room, he finished ahead of Hall in most categories.

Unfortunately, Warren is in the same eligibility class as Hall. He was not
redshirted in 2004. Instead, his redshirt year was wasted so that he could play
one defensive play the entire season. He also played 72 special teams
downs, but the Hokies could have easily found another player, or players, on the
team to do that.

Demetrius Taylor, 6-0, 239, r-Fr.

Taylor turned heads when he reported to camp last August sporting a 400-lb.
bench press as a true freshman. He has since earned Super Iron Hokie honors