Defensive Line: The Backbone of the Team

Between now and the start of the season, there will be plenty of talk about Virginia Tech’s question marks and weaknesses.  The defensive line will not be part of those conversations.

Charley Wiles returns his entire starting lineup from the 2012 season, and loses only backup defensive tackle Antoine Hopkins.  His two biggest challenges this spring will be getting his tweeners in the right position, and figuring out a way to split reps among so many scholarship players.

Get Guys in the Right Position

According to the roster, Virginia Tech has 11 scholarship players at defensive end.  They have six scholarship players at defensive tackle, including two r-freshmen and a true freshman.  I think it’s safe to assume that at least one of those defensive ends will be getting reps at defensive tackle this spring.