2012 Football Preview: Defensive Line

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Two words come to mind when describing Virginia Tech’s 2012 defensive line: big and versatile.  The Hokies are going to be very deep up front this season.  They’ve got a lot of big players at all the defensive line positions, and they’ve got several guys who can play inside and outside.

Even with Dadi Nicholas currently suspended, Tech has plenty of depth up front.  Nearly all of it is experienced as well.

Corey Marshall

Corey Marshall , Zack McCray and Justin Taylor are three guys who will possibly play end and tackle this season.  For the purposes of this article, I’m going to list them at the position where I believe they will primarily play.  For example, I think McCray will spend most of his time at defensive tackle, so I’m not going to talk about him much in the defensive end section.

Also, because of the uniqueness of Georgia Tech’s offense, we could see a different looking starting VT defense on September 3.  We could see a guy like Corey Marshall or J.R. Collins at defensive tackle, while they play defensive end for the remainder of the season.

Defensive Ends

J.R. Collins (6-2, 261, r-Jr.) was late to a team meeting last week, and he was bumped to second string in favor of Corey Marshall (6-1, 267, So.).  Collins will have to work very hard between now and the beginning of the season to regain his starting position, because Marshall is very capable of keeping