2011 Football Preview: Defensive Line

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Experience and depth on the defensive line is Bud Foster’s biggest concern
for the 2011 season. The Hokies have talent up front, but it’s all young talent.
A key injury could do a lot of damage to defensive line depth as well, and Tech
might have to rely on a true freshman or two to fill out the depth chart.

Tech’s defensive line was somewhat piecemeal last season. Chris Drager, a
natural tight end, was a starter at end. Steven Friday, who took five years to
develop, was the other starter. On the inside, Kwamaine Battle tore his ACL
against James Madison, and John Graves wasn’t much of a disruptor.

Charley Wiles will have more talent up front this season, but how productive
will his unit be? Here’s now the depth chart looks.

Defensive Line Depth Chart
Pos. Player Ht. Wt. Yr
End J.R. Collins 6-2 253 r-So.
End Tyrel Wilson 6-1 214 r-So.
End Zack McCray 6-5 248 r-Fr.
End Corey Marshall 6-1 250 Fr.
Stud James Gayle 6-4 251 r-So.
Stud Duan Perez-Means 6-4 252 r-Fr.
DT Derrick Hopkins 6-0 298 So.