Position Changes and Strength Numbers

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Virginia Tech has made some interesting moves in the secondary.  The decision of James Farrow to transfer has forced more position changes, and I don’t think any of us saw coming the changes that were announced earlier in the week.

In case you missed it, Antone Exum and Kyle Fuller will be Virginia Tech’s starting cornerbacks this spring, while Kyshoen Jarrett and Detrick Bonner will man the safety positions.  That’s interesting, particularly the move of Exum to cornerback.

We don’t know who will eventually play boundary and field corner, and we don’t know who will eventually play rover and free safety. In the spring, Torrian Gray likes to play left corner-right corner and left safety-right safety, so all players can get experience at each position.  For example, if Exum plays left corner this spring, sometimes his side of the field will be on the short side, and sometimes it will be on the wide side.  That allows Gray to get a good evaluation of Exum at both spots.

Antone Exum

Is he better suited for the field or boundary spot?  He could obviously be a dominant run stopper at the boundary position, but what about his downfield man-to-man coverage?  I thought it was pretty good when he was playing nickel a couple of years back, if you throw out a couple of lousy pass interference calls against NC State.  Torrian Gray will learn a lot about Exum this spring.  He already knows that Kyle Fuller can play any position in the secondary.

I think they want Jarrett to settle in at free safety, with Bonner at rover.  Bonner showed a lot of nice run stopping ability last season, and I like the potential of both of those guys. 

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