8 Days Until Spring Practice: Defensive End Depth

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With eight days remaining before spring practice begins, we’ll turn our attention to the defensive side of the ball and focus on defensive end depth. With the possible exception of replacing Chase Williams at middle linebacker, I don’t think there is a more pressing issue for Bud Foster than end depth.

Naturally, Trevon Hill must have known that I was planning on writing about defensive ends today, because apparently he tore his ACL and will now miss the 2015 season.

Per this report from Evan G. Watkins over at 247Sports, Hill injured his knee while taking part in offseason workouts. That’s a big setback not only for Hill, but for Virginia Tech as well. If you recall, I was projecting him to earn a spot in the two-deep and play as a true freshman in 2015. In fact, there is very little doubt in my mind that he would have done so, pre-injury of course. I think he’s a better player already than the backups the Hokies used last season.

Unfortunately, Hill is out, and Charley Wiles will have to look elsewhere for defensive end depth. Obviously we know what Dadi Nicolas (r-Sr.) and Ken Ekanem (r-Jr.) can do. There probably isn’t a pair of more productive defensive ends anywhere in the country.

However, there is precious little depth behind them, and one injury at that position could really damage what otherwise is expected to be one of Bud Foster’s best defenses.

Not every defense is going to be like the 1999 defense.