2009 Virginia Tech Football Preview: Linebackers

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For the second year in a row, there is a lot of player turnover at the inside
linebacker position. Xavier Adibi and Vince Hall departed following the 2007
season, while Purnell Sturdivant and Brett Warren were seniors in 2008. The whip
linebacker spot is in capable hands, but the inside spots will fall to a couple
of inexperienced sophomores who are backed up by players with even less

Last year the Hokies had two seniors in Sturdivant and Warren, who had been
in the system and didn’t require much adjustment period as new starters. Things
will be different this year, with Barquell Rivers and Jake Johnson combining for
one career start and 11 tackles.

Linebacker Depth Chart
Mike Backer Whip
Rivers (r-So.)
Johnson (So.)
Cam Martin
Bruce Taylor
Odom (So.)
Cody Grimm
Gibson (r-Fr.)
Gouveia-Winslow (r-Fr.)