Spring Football Update: Scrimmages Coming Soon

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The Tech football team has practiced just four times so far this spring, and
though they haven’t held a scrimmage as of yet, there are still some things to
report at a few different positions.

Secondary Depth Looks Promising

Virginia Tech always gets good play from the defensive backfield, but this
spring Torrian Gray seems especially pleased.  He has four starters who all
will likely be NFL draft picks one day, and several backups who have played
better than expected.

There
is plenty of reason to have confidence in Tech’s starters.  Jayron Hosley
led the nation in interceptions last season, and will likely take off to the NFL
after this year.  Eddie Whitley had a good season at free safety in 2010,
and will be a senior leader in 2011.  Kyle Fuller looked very good as a
true freshman, and should be ready to roll this spring.

Maybe the biggest question mark heading into the spring was Antone Exum, who
is settling in as Tech’s starting rover after playing free safety and nickel
last season.  Reports indicate that Exum is picking things up nicely. 
Of course, we’ll have a better idea after the players get some scrimmages under
their belts.

Perhaps the biggest surprise is the performance of the second string
secondary.  Cris Hill is a r-senior, so he should be playing well at this
point in his career, but the other younger players are showing signs as
well.  Detrick Bonner is a r-freshman cornerback who seems to be playing
well.  Maybe that shouldn’t be surprising after all, because I didn’t think
Bonner was very far behind Kyle Fuller during scrimmages last August.

There is still a concern about depth at free safety and rover.  Theron
Norman is a r-freshman who is backing up Whitley at free safety, and r-junior
Wiley Brown is currently the #2 rover because injuries are still bothering
Lorenzo Williams.  Good things have been reported about Norman and Brown...