The Virginia Tech defense lost one of its best position coaches last week in Torrian Gray, who will be moving on to coach at the University of Florida. He has spent the last ten seasons coaching defensive backs under defensive coordinator Bud Foster. The news has taken many fans by surprise, and left many wondering how could head coach Justin Fuente let him get away after retaining him just two months ago? Not to mention whether the coaching staff can find a replacement as talented? However, many forget that Foster has been down this road before, yet he has continued to develop talented defensive backs in his defensive secondary. Finding a replacement may not be as daunting as Hokie fans might believe
Virginia Tech has long been known as an NFL factory for defensive backs, and often given the label “DBU”. Notably one of the most talented secondaries in the country year after year, much credit should be given to Coach Gray over the last ten seasons.
He developed some of the best defensive backs in the country during his tenure. He’s produced ten NFL draft picks and multiple All-Americans under his watch in Aaron Rouse, Brandon Flowers, Victor “Macho” Harris, Kam Chancellor, Rashad “Roc” Carmichael, Jayron Hosley, Kyle Fuller, Antone Exum, Kyshoen Jarrett, and Kendall Fuller – who many project to be a first round pick, in addition to many others were signing on as free agents on the professional level. Gray knew how to get his players into the league.
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