The Loss of Chuck Clark and the Domino Effect in the Secondary

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Virginia Tech loses just one starter in the secondary.  However, it’s a very important loss, and how that position is filled could have a domino effect throughout the rest of the defensive backfield.

I think there are only two definites with regards to the secondary heading into spring practice…

1: Adonis Alexander, Greg Stroman and Brandon Facyson are Virginia Tech’s top three cornerbacks.

2: Mook Reynolds and Terrell Edmunds will be in the starting lineup…somewhere.

Everything else is pure guesswork right now.  Brian Mitchell and Galen Scott will likely try different players at different positions this spring in an effort to find the right fits.  The lineup could change again in August when Devon Hunter enrolls.  It’s a fluid situation, but I’ll try to cover some of the main possibilities in today’s article.

Virginia Tech lost Chuck Clark to graduation and likely the NFL, so they are looking for a replacement at free safety.  Backup free safety Der’Woun Greene also graduated.  Rising junior Jahque Alleyne is not returning to the team (he wouldn’t have had much of a chance to start anyway).  Therefore, there’s a big hole at free safety, and players will have to be moved around so the coaches can best determine how to fill that hole.

Right now I see two options for the free safety position: Mook Reynolds and Terrell Edmunds.  I have absolutely no problem with either player playing free safety.  I think they would both do a very good job.  The big question isn’t whether or not they would do a good job at free safety.  Instead, it’s who would take over that player’s old position when he moved to free safety, and would the coaches have their best five best defensive backs on the field?

I think Virginia Tech will mostly operate out of their base defensive sets this spring.  That means Anthony Shegog will get all or most of the #1 reps at whip.  It also means Mook Reynolds