Spring Football: Big Depth Problems at Linebacker

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Thin is about the only word that can be used to describe Virginia Tech’s spring linebacker depth. Bruce Taylor , Jeron Gouevia-Winslow and Tariq Edwards are all out for the spring with injuries, while Telvion Clark has been dismissed from the team. Bud Foster has a limited number of bodies to work with.

Tariq Edwards

Taylor and Gouevia-Winslow are recovering from Lisfranc injuries, and that can be a difficult injury to shake off. Edwards is having a rod inserted into his lower leg to help with a stress fracture, while Clark was dismissed following a public intoxication charge from last weekend.

With those four players out or gone, that means the Hokies are without their starters from last year’s season opener at all three linebacker positions, as well as their top backup at backer. This is as thin as Tech has ever been at the inside linebacker spots during the spring.

Inside Linebacker

Here’s a quick list of the players who will be manning the inside linebacker (mike and backer) spots for the Hokies this spring. Chances are you have never heard of several of these names.

Jack Tyler (6-0, 229, r-Jr.)
Chase Williams (6-1, 223, r-So.)
Brian Laiti (6-3, 217, r-So.)
Derek DiNardo (6-0, 212, r-So.)
Jonathan Halfhide (5-10, 217, r-So.)
Griffin Hite (5-11, 213, r-Fr.)
D.J. Ward (5-11, 207, r-Fr.)
Brandon Spitzer (6-2, 210, r-Fr.)

That’s a lot of walk-ons or former walk-ons.

Jack Tyler will be Tech’s #1 mike linebacker. Tyler is a very good run stopper between the tackles, and he’s got a pretty good short burst. He’s a solid,