Friday Q&A: January 2, 2015

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1) Heading into 2015, the biggest questions on defense will be in the secondary. Give your thoughts on how it will shape out at each position. And if VT starts five players in the secondary, where does Chuck Clark end up and who slides into the slot/nickel role? Presume Brandon Facsyon is healthy and ready to roll.

Chris Coleman: I’ll presume Brandon Facyson is healthy and ready to roll, even though I’m not convinced he will be. His injury is worse than Trey Edmunds’ broken leg, and Edmunds wasn’t getting carries until the fourth game of the regular season. That said, I still believe Chuck Clark will slide over to free safety.

Boundary corner: This one is obvious. Kendall Fuller (Jr.) will start at boundary corner for the Hokies.

Field corner: This one is less obvious. Brandon Facyson (r-So.) would be the starter here, but how quickly will he be back? Tech could choose to start Donovan Riley (Sr.) or Greg Stroman (So.) at this spot.

Nickel: Riley or Stroman could play the nickel spot. A sleeper could be Der’Woun Greene (r-Jr.), who spent last spring working at cornerback. He has both safety and corner skills, and seems like a decent fit for nickel.

Free safety: Chuck Clark (Jr.) seems like a natural fit at free safety to me. He is a highly intelligent player with good coverage and tackling skills. Anthony Shegog

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