Virginia Tech Spring Practice Thoughts: Defensive Line

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Virginia Tech lost Dadi Nicolas, Luther Maddy and Corey Marshall following the 2015 season.  Two of those three guys will probably be drafted, and Marshall should also be in an NFL camp as a free agent next season.  On paper, those are tough losses.  However, on paper, the Hokies have the bodies to replace them.

Tech has seven scholarship defensive ends this spring, and six of them are actually healthy (as far as I know they are healthy…VT hasn’t released an injury report yet).

Ken Ekanem (6-3, 255, r-Sr.)
Vinny Mihota (6-5, 270, r-So.)
Seth Dooley (6-6, 239, r-Jr.)
Houshun Gaines (6-4, 231, r-Fr.)
Trevon Hill (6-5, 234, r-Fr.)
Darius Fullwood (6-4, 262, r-Fr.)
Jimmy Taylor (6-3, 225, Fr.)

That’s plenty of bodies.  However, Seth Dooley will miss the spring because of shoulder surgery, which leaves the depth chart wide open for a lot of young players.  Ken Ekanem will be in the starting lineup for the third season, and Vinny Mihota should be a reliable player this year.  However, with Dooley out, none of the other backups have played a down in a college football game.  There is talent there, but it comes without much inexperience.

Defensive tackle