Spring Football 2010: The Question Marks

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In just 13 days, spring football practice will begin at Virginia Tech. The
offseason conditioning program has been in full swing for weeks, and soon we’ll
get our first look at a team that should be ranked in the top 10 when preseason
polls are released in August.

Going into each season, no team is perfect. No team is without blemishes. The
Hokies have plenty of talent and plenty of strengths, but they also have
question marks that could hold them back in 2010. However the positives,
particularly the talent and explosiveness on the offensive side of the ball,
greatly outweigh the negatives.

Spring practice will run from March 31 to April 24, and in the time in
between we hope to get some important questions answered. In fact, despite the
lofty expectations heading into this year, there are more question marks than
usual.

Inexperience on the Field Side

The field side – or wide side – of Tech’s defense will be very inexperienced
this year. The Hokies lost whip linebackers Cody Grimm and Cam Martin, free
safety Kam Chancellor and field corner Stephan Virgil. Tech will have a new
starter at stud defensive end as well.

For the last few years the boundary has been the concern in the preseason.
This year, it’s the field side. Tech will have talent at all of these positions,
but the major concern is experience and chemistry. In Tech’s multiple coverage
defense, having four inexperienced players on one side of the field is a recipe
for disaster. Opposing teams will look to exploit this and create big plays down
the field. Look for Boise State to attack the field side in the opening game.

Field corner probably doesn’t concern you if you watched Tech’s bowl game.
Rising sophomore Jayron Hosley played very well in the Chick-fil-A Bowl when
Stephan Virgil was forced to miss the game. Hosley is a natural football player,
and after a spring of seasoning, he should be ready to roll in 2010.

Free safety is the quarterback of the defense, and breaking in a new starter
is always a concern. Eddie Whitley has played cornerback and free safety in the
past, and he’ll have a chance to start there this year. Davon Morgan is Tech’s
most experienced defensive back, and he has past experience

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