Gray Looking for Younger Players to Step Up

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Torrian Gray has several big questions heading into the spring.  He must find a replacement for the field corner spot with Antone Exum out, and he also must develop depth at every position in the secondary.

The Hokies ran out of bodies in the secondary last season thanks to so many players transferring or quitting the team (James Farrow, Aboye Aromire, Theron Norman, James Hopper), the graduations of Eddie Whitley and Cris Hill, and the early entry of Jayron Hosley into the NFL.  Now Tech has plenty of bodies in the secondary, but very little experience beyond the starting lineup.

Cornerback

Perhaps the biggest battle of the spring will come at the cornerback position.  Antone Exum (6-1, 224, r-Sr.) tore his ACL in January, and though he’ll be back at some point this season, a new starter will be needed until his return.  The candidates are lining up, and they should have a healthy competition over the next few weeks.

The HokieSports.com roster now lists Der’Woun Greene (5-10, 187, r-Fr.) as a free safety, so that takes him out of the mix at cornerback for now.  That’s probably a good thing, as the Hokies had too many players and too few reps at that position.

Davion Tookes (13) and Donovan Riley (31)

Donovan Riley (5-11, 202, So.): Riley played as a true freshman last year.  He only played 22 snaps on defense, but he was on the field for 90 special teams plays.  Riley never looked like a natural cornerback to me in the month of August.  He is built more like a traditional rover in Virginia Tech’s scheme.  Based on how the depth chart looked when

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