2011 Spring Practice Preview: Tight Ends

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In an offense that likes the power running game, tight end is a very
important position. In the past, Virginia Tech has had teams that featured
multiple quality tight ends. However, last year they had just one reliable
player at that position, and this year’s group is a major question mark as well.

Andre Smith is off to the NFL, while walk-ons Prince Parker and Rob Stanton
are done as well. Eric Martin is back, and he was the #2 tight end last season,
but he is very much unproven. As a result, the coaching staff decided to move
Chris Drager back from defensive end to tight end, where he played in 2007 and

Even with Drager back, the depth is still highly questionable.

Spring Tight End Depth Chart
Player Height Wt. Yr.
Chris Drager 6-4 255 r-Sr.
Eric Martin 6-2 268 r-So.
Randall Dunn 6-2 248 r-Jr.
Jerome Lewis 6-3 247 r-Fr.
George George 6-4 266 r-Jr.

The Hokies generally prefer two-tight end sets, but we don’t know if Tech will
have more than one capable tight end this year. That means more lead blocking by
a fullback out of the I-formation, right? Not necessarily. As we went over
yesterday, the Hokies only have two fullbacks (Joey Phillips and Martin Scales)
and neither has seen quality playing time on offense as of yet.

In the worst case scenario, fullback play will be