The Fisher Law Firm Turkey Day Q&A: The Coaching Search and Other Topics

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1) Which player on O and D will we miss the most next year, and who do we have to replace them? – HokieFanDC

Chris Coleman: I’m glad you asked this question, because I was thinking about it earlier this week. To me, the biggest losses will be Ryan Malleck on offense and Corey Marshall on defense.

The Hokies don’t lose much on offense. The only seniors who play extensive snaps are Ryan Malleck, Wade Hansen and Michael Brewer. Yosuah Nijman will be better than Hansen next year, so I don’t think he’ll be a huge loss. Brewer has the potential to be a loss, depending on what kind of passing game the next coach runs and how well that passing game marries the strengths of whoever the starting quarterback is next year. That’s a big “what if” so I’m going with the easy answer: Ryan Malleck.

Malleck is projected as a possible late round pick in the NFL Draft. He’s a solid receiver, but he’s a very good edge blocker in the running game. The Hokies also use him in pass protection at times. You probably haven’t noticed that because he hasn’t given up any sacks. If you don’t notice a pass protector, that’s a good