Cornerbacks, the DE/DT debate, and using bigger backs

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The Hokies have practiced three times, and later this week they will begin full pad work. Until they start work in full pads, there isn’t much news. We’ll be able to get a better look at this football team once they put the pads on and start scrimmaging on Saturday.

Until then, here are a few topics to help us wait out the week. Note that the numbers we list are from two sources: and a depth chart/roster handed out to the media at the first practice. Numbers for walk-ons and backups may change during the spring, but players in the two-deep will probably be fairly consistent.


Brandon Facyson‘s injury and the Tech secondary

Brandon Facyson is out for the spring with a stress reaction, and he has been placed in a walking boot. He practiced on Thursday, but on Friday Virginia Tech announced that he would miss the next 14 practices. He is expected to be fine by the time summer workouts begin in June.

What does his injury do to the Virginia Tech secondary? It will obviously give the backups more work, and it will also pull a walk-on up from the #3 defense to the #2 defense. Here is what the Tech depth chart at cornerback looks like right now, with Facyson out:

Field: Der’Woun Green (#23, r-So.), Erikk Banks (r-Fr.)
Boundary: Kendall Fuller (#11, So.), Donovan Riley (#2, Jr.), Terrence Travis (#29, r-Fr.), Curtis Williams (So.)

I think it’s great that Der’Woun Greene is getting work at cornerback this spring.