Friday Q&A: December 20, 2013

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1) Do you feel Brenden Motley will change positions, as I’ve always heard he would be an outstanding safety?  (Note: I got another question asking how much truth there is to the rumor about Bucky Hodges moving to tight end, and I’ll address that question in this answer as well because both questions tie in together).

Chris Coleman: As of right now, I don’t believe Virginia Tech has the luxury of moving Brenden Motley to another position.  I believe that Bucky Hodges will be a tight end this spring, and if not this spring, then soon afterwards.  Hodges took to the position very well when he simulated Eric Ebron before the UNC game, and I’ve heard through the grapevine that the coaches view tight end as his future position (even if they might say differently in public right now).

If that’s the case, then here’s what Tech’s quarterback depth chart will look like this spring…

1: Mark Leal (r-Sr.)
2: Brenden Motley (r-So.)
3: Andrew Ford (Fr.)

As you can see, Virginia Tech doesn’t have the luxury of moving Brenden Motley.  If Andrew Ford comes in and lights the world on fire during the spring and proves that he doesn’t need to redshirt, then yes, you can consider moving Motley to a different position.  But Ford, while a good prospect in my opinion, is still a 3-star recruit.  He’s not a sure thing.  Like most 3-star recruits, he’ll probably need to redshirt.  Chris Durkin probably will too, when he arrives in