Spring Football: Major Changes in the Secondary

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You’ll recognize many of the names in Tech’s secondary this year, though they may not be playing the same positions. Torrian Gray is shaking things up this spring in an effort to get his four best players on the field.

Jayron Hosley is off to the NFL, while Cris Hill’s eligibility expired. James Farrow elected to transfer despite his big opportunity to be Tech’s #3 corner as a redshirt freshman. Thus, three of Tech’s six scholarship corners from 2011 are gone. Of the three that are returning, two of them will be playing safety this spring.

That’s a lot of turnover and position changes. We can almost certainly expect some mental mistakes as guys try to learn their new positions.


Virginia Tech has three scholarship cornerbacks this spring. One has never played the position before and another is an undersized true freshman.

Kyle Fuller (6-0, 187, Jr.)
Antone Exum (6-0, 220, r-Jr.)
Donaldven Manning (5-9, 155, Fr.)
Carl Jackson (5-8, 176, r-So.)
Chris Caver (5-6, 171, r-So.)

Kyle Fuller

We all know that Kyle Fuller is a great football player. He can line up at any position in the secondary and play at a very high level. That makes the job of Torrian Gray a lot easier, because he can try a number of different lineups with the confidence that Fuller can play anywhere.

Beyond Fuller, things get interesting. Antone Exum is a great physical talent, but will he have the hips and ball skills to play the cornerback position? Bud Foster likely wants him for boundary cornerback. He would surely excel against the run on the short side