Virginia Tech released the first depth chart of the Justin Fuente era on Monday morning. Though it’s listed as an “unofficial” depth chart, there are still plenty of things to talk about with regards to some of the names who are on that depth chart, as well as some of the names who aren’t.
Before we get started, here is a screenshot of the depth chart…
More True Freshmen to Play Than Expected?
I asked Bud Foster which true freshmen on defense he expected to contribute this year. I asked him that question because (surprisingly) true freshman Tyree Rodgers (6-1, 173, Fr.) is listed as Brandon Facyson’s primary backup at left cornerback. I figured Foster would name Tavante Beckett (5-10, 214, Fr.) and Reggie Floyd (6-0, 205, Fr.) and he did, but he also threw two other names into the hat: Backer Emmanuel Belmar (6-2, 228, Fr.) and defensive back Jovonn Quillen (6-0, 176, Fr.).
Foster didn’t promise that Belmar and Quillen would play, only that they are possibilities. In fact, we still don’t know whether Quillen is working at cornerback or safety at this point.
I’m not sure how I feel about that. I’m in favor of redshirting as many guys as possible in an effort to build a stronger program in the future. Playing guys like Quillen and Belmar doesn’t make sense from that standpoint. In fact, Belmar is (I assume) playing the same position as Tavante Beckett. At this point Beckett isn’t listed in the two-deep, which means he is #3, which in turn means that Belmar is #4 at Backer.
However, I also want to point out that with the Tech offense moving at a faster pace these days, the Hokies are running more plays in practice. That means more reps for everybody, so it’s possible to split up those second team reps between two or three guys and still have everybody develop on schedule....
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