WR, UNC, and the Rumor Mill

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WR depth after the loss of Asante

Virginia Tech’s depth at wide receiver took a blow when it was announced that r-sophomore Kevin Asante will not be on the team this season.  Asante was #2 on the depth chart at flanker at the end of spring practice.  With Asante gone, where will the Hokies turn?

The loss of Asante doesn’t change Virginia Tech’s starting lineup.  D.J. Coles (r-Sr.) and Demitri Knowles (r-So.) were listed as the starters at the end of the spring, and it’s doubtful that anyone is going to be able to grab those spots from them.

The depth chart behind them is up in the air, and it would have been up in the air with or without Asante.  There is a lot of youth, as well as a couple of walk-ons.  The options are: Joshua Stanford (r-Fr.), Charley Meyer (r-Fr.), Joel Caleb (r-Fr.), Willie Byrn (r-Jr.), E.L. Smiling (r-Jr.) and Mark Irick (r-Fr.)

Joshua Stanford

Joshua Stanford : Though he’s only a r-freshman, Stanford is a mature guy.  He played in a game as a true freshman last year before hurting his leg.  He played in a spread passing attack in high school, so he’s more advanced than almost all players his age.  He had a productive spring for the Hokies.  He’s got good size (6-1, 189), solid speed, and good natural receiving ability.  If the season started tomorrow, I believe he would be Tech’s #3 receiver.

Charley Meyer: Meyer is a walk-on, but probably not for long.  He nearly played as a true freshman last season, and he had a very productive spring for the Hokies.  I was penciling him in as Tech’s #4 receiver with our without Asante simply because Meyer