Defensive Line Depth An Issue For Virginia Tech

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Charley Wiles and Bud Foster will have some work to do with the defensive line this spring.
Charley Wiles and Bud Foster will have some work to do with the defensive line this spring.

Earlier this week it was reported that several players would be leaving the program and would not take part in spring practice.  Starting today, we’ll take a position-by-position look at what Virginia Tech’s depth chart could look like heading into spring practice.

Since depth seems to be the biggest issue on the defensive line, we’ll begin our look with Charley Wiles’ group.  Ken Ekanem, Nigel Williams and Woody Baron have all exhausted their eligibility, rising redshirt-senior Seth Dooley gave up football at Virginia Tech, and rising redshirt-junior Steve Sobczak is apparently done as well.  There are holes to be filled, and it starts this spring.

Because of injury and attrition, depth is always an issue at several positions during the spring.  I distinctly remember a walk-on offensive lineman starting n the Spring Game one year.  That’s all part of spring practice.  That’s not unique to Virginia Tech, though.  It happens everywhere.  It just so happens that it has hit the hardest on the defensive line in 2017.

We’ll start off with Virginia Tech’s defensive ends.

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