2012 Football Preview: Defensive Backs

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If there is one spot where the Hokies must stay healthy this year, it’s the defensive backfield.  Of particular concern is cornerback, where all the backups are young true freshmen.

I put off writing this article until after the scrimmages because I found it difficult to preview such a high number of players whom I’d never seen in person.  After seeing a couple of scrimmages, I’m ready to roll.  Remember, we’re including Tech’s whips with the defensive backs.  To me, whip is more of a defensive back position than a linebacker position.

Kyle Fuller


Right now, Tech’s cornerback depth chart looks like this:

Field corner: Kyle Fuller (6-0, 193, Jr.), Donaldven Manning (5-9, 155, Fr.), Der’Woun Greene (5-10, 172, Fr.)

Boundary corner: Antone Exum (6-1, 224, r-Jr.), Donovan Riley (5-11, 200, Fr.), Carl Jackson (5-9, 174, r-So.)

If you don’t pay attention to recruiting, you might not know three of those names.  Another true freshman, Davion Tookes (5-10, 171), was in the mix as well, but he’s been banged up during the preseason and will redshirt.  Greene is a likely redshirt too, though he’s still #3 on the depth chart for now.

Obviously we all feel very good about Kyle Fuller .  He was excellent for Virginia Tech in whatever role he played last season, whether it was field corner or the whip/nickel spot.  Fuller is an outstanding tackler, and I actually believe that he will be a safety in the NFL because he’s a better football player when he’s facing the line of