2012 Football Preview: Linebackers

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Virginia Tech has a good group of inside linebackers.  Unfortunately, they aren’t the healthiest group on the team right now.  Aside from inexperience behind the starting cornerbacks, the current depth at inside linebacker is probably the biggest defensive concern at this point.

Note that we’re going to include the whips with the defensive backs.  I feel like the whip is closer to a defensive back than a linebacker these days. So we’ll just be covering the mikes and backers here.

Mike

Bud Foster feels better about the mike position right now than he feels about the backer spot.  Tech’s mikes are healthy, and everyone is playing their ideal position.

Bruce Taylor and Jack Tyler

Jack Tyler (6-1, 236, r-Jr.): Bud Foster is very comfortable with Jack Tyler as his starting mike.  Tyler has seen significant action on defense in six career games: Georgia Tech, UVA, Clemson and Michigan last year, and Florida State and Stanford in 2010.  In those six games, he has posted 45 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks.  He’s been a very productive player, and according to Bud Foster, he’s had an excellent preseason camp.  Tyler has good closing ability when charging forward, he has a knack for cutting through gaps and making plays in the backfield, and he’s a strong, sure tackler.  I think Foster has as much confidence in Tyler as he has in Bruce Taylor and Tariq Edwards , and that says a lot.

Chase Williams (6-2, 235, r-So.): Williams is a guy who has played mike and backer during his career at Tech.  Bud Foster feels like his best position is mike, and he’s currently backing up Jack Tyler.  He was Tech’s starting backer in the spring when Tariq Edwards was out.  Williams had

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