The Hokies have four practices under their belts so far this spring, and they
are finally doing some hitting with full pads on. However, the depth chart has
remained static. We probably won’t see any shuffles in the two-deep until after
the first full scrimmage, which is this Saturday.
The scrimmages will separate the men from the boys, so we’ll have better
information next week at this time. However, there are some things to discuss
that have taken place since last Wednesday.
Two-Man Race at Left Tackle
Nick Becton (6-6, 307, r-So.) and Andrew Lanier (6-5, 291, r-Jr.) are tied
atop the depth chart at left tackle. Both players are getting reps with the #1
offense, and this battle could drag on through the spring and into August.
Lanier has more experience than Becton. The former tight end played in eight
games last season, including one start at Duke in place of the injured Blake
DeChristopher. Lanier has very good feet and he has the mobility sought in a
starting left tackle. Becton is a little bigger than Lanier, but he might be
slightly behind his more experienced teammate right now.
Whoever starts, Curt Newsome will have a guy who can move his feet. In fact,
this is Newsome’s most athletic line since he arrived in Blacksburg. If you
attend Saturday’s scrimmage, watch #54 (Becton) and #72 (Lanier). How they
perform in scrimmage situations could decide who wins the starting position.
Whip Remains Open
Technically Jeron Gouveia-Winslow (6-2, 210, r-So.) is first on the depth
chart at whip. However, Alonzo Tweedy (6-2, 191, r-So.) and Lorenzo Williams
(6-2, 210, r-So.) are getting equal reps, and all three have an opportunity to
win the starting position. The upcoming scrimmages will be key for all of them.
Gouveia-Winslow has the most experience as a whip linebacker. He practiced at
that position all of last year,
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