2007 Spring Football Preview: The Defensive Backs

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Perhaps the best and most consistent unit Virginia Tech has put on the field
the past two years has been the defensive backs. The Hokies ranked #1 in the
nation in 2005 and 2006 in pass defense, with a different coach in each year.
Lorenzo Ward coached the defensive backs in 2005, and Torrian Gray took over the
unit in 2006. Despite losing some major star power over the past few years, this
unit never seems to miss a beat.

Not only do the Hokies put quality defensive backs on the field in college,
but their success also translates to the NFL level. DeAngelo Hall, Jimmy
Williams, Justin Hamilton, Ronyell Whitaker, Vincent Fuller, Eric Green, Kevin
McCadam, Pierson Prioleau, Nick Sorensen and Garnell Wilds are currently in the
NFL. Others such as Antonio Banks and Ike Charlton have spent time in the NFL,
as has current coach Torrian Gray.

It’s fair at this point to call Virginia Tech “DB U”. The Hokies
are throwing defensive backs into the NFL left and right, and they’ve got some
more good prospects on this year’s team.

Boundary Corner

Brandon Flowers, 5-10, 190, r-Jr.

Flowers exploded onto the scene during the 2006 season, exceeding the
expectations of everyone, including Virginia Tech fans. Flowers was a 1st Team
All-ACC performer, and he was named an A.P. Third Team All-American at the end
of the season. Quite a year for a first-time starter.

Flowers is arguably the best cornerback to ever play at Virginia Tech, and
from an eligibility standpoint, he’s completed just half of his career. He isn’t
the greatest athlete to ever play the position for the Hokies, but he is the
most fundamentally sound cornerback Tech has had. He’s physical, and he plays
much faster than his timed speeds would suggest.

Flowers is a possible First Team Preseason All-American heading into 2007,
which could be his last season in Blacksburg. He’ll join the players listed...