2007 Spring Football Preview: The Linebackers

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Two proven starters, one solid backup and a number of question marks is the
only way to describe Tech’s linebacker corps heading into 2007. The Hokies will
likely be fine, but if the dreaded injury bug pops up, they could be in some
serious trouble. Xavier Adibi and Vince Hall are locking down the starting jobs
on the inside, but who will start at whip? And do the Hokies have any capable
backups? Those are questions that will begin to be answered this spring.

The Hokies use two inside linebackers, called the mike and backer, and an
outside (whip) linebacker. Tech is set with their starters on the inside, Hall
and Adibi. They have just one scholarship player who is currently listed at
whip. And they really have no proven depth at inside linebacker.

With question marks amongst the backups at inside linebacker, don’t expect
Hall and Adibi to get a whole lot of reps this spring. They are proven players
and there is no reason to risk them being injured. Instead, it’s better to
develop depth behind them.


Vince Hall, 6-0, 240, r-Sr.

A message to NFL scouts: don’t pay any attention to Vince Hall’s NFL Combine
numbers next year. Hall is a pure football player whose performance on the field
far exceeds the numbers he puts up in the weight room and on the track. He is
the heart and soul of Virginia Tech’s defense.

Hall is an All-American candidate who has led the Hokies in tackles the last
two seasons. He isn’t the most athletic guy, or even the strongest linebacker in
the weight room, but his strength, speed and instincts always show up on the
field on Saturdays. With Vince Hall manning the mike linebacker position for his
senior season, not many teams are going to have success running up the middle on

Brett Warren, 6-0, 227, r-Jr.

Brett Warren is a good linebacker in his own right, although he’s never
really gotten a chance to show it. He’s always been stuck behind Vince Hall,