Friday Q&A: June 29, 2012

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1: What five players can we not afford to be injured this year, excluding Logan Thomas?  Why?

Chris Coleman: Player #1 is easy.  After that, it gets tougher.

Kyle Fuller returns a spring scrimmage pick for a TD

Kyle Fuller : Fuller can play any position in the Virginia Tech secondary.  He can play corner, he could play either safety spot, he has played both boundary and field corner, and he can play inside in a nickel/whip linebacker role.  He is simply the most versatile defensive player on the roster, and perhaps in the entire ACC.  His presence allows Bud Foster so many different options as defensive coordinator.  After Logan, he is the guy I would least like to lose.

Detrick Bonner : Yep, another secondary guy.  Bonner had a great spring at safety for Virginia Tech, and his backups don’t have the trust of Torrian Gray or Bud Foster yet.  Nothing will lose you a game faster than a safety missing an assignment and giving up a big play.  Bonner is Tech’s best and most experienced safety.  It’s important that he stay healthy this season.

Marcus Davis : Logan Thomas has a trio of experienced guys to rely on in Davis, D.J. Coles and Dyrell Roberts.  However, Roberts has never shown the consistency needed to be an everyday starter, and we hear through the grapevine that Coles’ knee injury could limit him all season.  It’s very important that Davis stay healthy, otherwise the Hokies will be very thin at receiver.

Michael Holmes : No matter who is playing quarterback, you can always count on a Frank Beamer team to focus on establishing the running game.  Michael Holmes is Virginia Tech’s most complete running back.  If he were to go down with an injury, who would Shane Beamer turn to?  Nobody I would trust as much as Holmes.