Spring Football Update: Harris Top Receiver

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Virginia Tech has completed four practices since last Wednesday, and the news
has been pretty quiet out of Blacksburg. There haven’t been very many moves on
the depth chart, though by this time next week there should be plenty. This is
the first of our Wednesday reports during spring practice, and though there
hasn’t been much reported, we were able to pick up a few things.

Today, we’ll break things up into offensive and defensive updates.

Offense

Perhaps
the biggest news is that Macho Harris is learning the wide receiver position
very quickly. He’s a natural athlete in space, and he hasn’t had any trouble
picking up the new position, despite the fact that he’s never played it before.
Harris will get his first scrimmage action at receiver today.

Harris is listed #1 on the depth chart at flanker, and also at boundary
corner. That spot at wide receiver isn’t just motivation for the other wideouts,
although that’s part of it. At this point, Harris is probably the best wide
receiver on the team. It’s not clear exactly how much he’ll play there, but he
will play.

The other wide receiver who is distinguishing himself thus far is r-freshman
Danny Coale. Coale impressed the coaching staff last fall and probably had the
mental ability to play early, but there was no need with four senior wide
receivers on the team.

The guy we are hearing nothing about is Zach Luckett. Luckett was moved to
flanker to create some competition at that position, but he’s currently listed
at #3 behind Macho Harris and Brandon Dillard. I wouldn’t be surprised to see
him back at split end before the spring is out. The only guys behind Coale at
that position are Cory Holt and Ike Whitaker, who are unproven at best at wide
receiver. In addition, incoming freshman Dyrell Roberts will take up a spot on
the depth chart at flanker when he arrives in August.

For the rest of the offense, there isn’t much news for the most part. We...