A look forward: Linebackers

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The Hokies have plenty of bodies at the inside linebacker spots, though it’s not quite clear who will be slotted at which position in some specific cases. As usual, injuries will factor in, but Bud Foster is hoping to establish his two-deep at mike and backer by the end of the spring.

Right now, there are more “backer like” prospects in the program than “mike like” players. As a result, a guy or two may have to play out of position just to even out the depth chart.

Note that the whip linebacker spot will be included in the defensive backs article.

Andrew Motuapuaka
Andrew Motuapuaka

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In nine games this past season, Chase Williams had 72 tackles, nine TFL, 3.5 sacks and 16 quarterback hurries. I’m guessing most people were not expecting that type of production from the fifth year senior. What kind of numbers could he have put up had he not gotten hurt? We’ll never know. Unfortunately Williams is gone, and he’ll have to be replaced this spring.

Andrew Motuapuaka (6-0, 231, r-So.) will return for his sophomore season after getting considerable playing experience in 2014. He made a total of 54 tackles with four TFL and two sacks, and he was a heavy special teams contributor. The valuable experience that he gained when Chase Williams was out with an injury will only help him down the line.

All that said, Motuapuaka has a ways to go. He needs to gain consistency, he needs to do better at

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