The Hokies lost Jimmy Williams and Justin Hamilton to the NFL, but the
secondary returns enough talent to give Athlon Magazine a reason to rank
Virginia Tech’s secondary as the best in the ACC. That’s very high praise,
but is it deserved? Judging by Tech’s reputation with defensive backs, it is
very well deserved.
Count the number of former Virginia Tech defensive backs that are in the NFL,
or have recently played in the NFL. There are quite a few. Jimmy Williams,
DeAngelo Hall, Eric Green, Vincent Fuller, Kevin McCadam, Willie Pile, Ronyell
Whitaker, Keion Carpenter, Pierson Prioleau, Nick Sorensen, Justin Hamilton and
Ike Charlton. That doesn’t count guys like Anthony Midget and Larry Austin,
who were drafted or signed as free agents, but didn’t stick in the NFL.
The Hokies lose Unanimous All-American Jimmy Williams at cornerback, but they
return three very talented players, and have more talented freshmen waiting in
the wings. Despite the loss of Williams, Tech could have the best group of
cornerbacks in the ACC.
As a true freshman in 2004, Brandon Flowers returned an interception for a
touchdown against Western Michigan. He also fractured his right fibular that
game and missed the rest of the season, and was granted a medical redshirt. He
played in a backup role to Jimmy Williams in 2005, serving as Tech’s third
cornerback. When Williams was ejected from the Gator Bowl, Flowers got his
opportunity to shine, and shine he did.
Against Louisville, Flowers was very impressive off the bench, recording two
pass breakups and an interception. He continued his outstanding play this past
spring and appears to be next in a long line of outstanding Virginia Tech
Victor “Macho” Harris, 6-0, 186, So.
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