Virginia Tech Spring Preview: Linebackers

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Virginia Tech is in much better shape at the linebacker positions than they were a year ago at this time.  Not only do the Hokies currently have two healthy starters, but they finally appear to have the potential for some decent depth at those positions, too.

You can’t argue with the statistical production the Hokies got from their two starting linebacker spots last season.

Andrew Motuapuaka: 114 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, three interceptions, two fumble recoveries, one forced fumble
Tremaine Edmunds: 106 tackles, 18.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, one interception, one fumble recovery, one forced fumble

Any defensive coordinator would take those numbers all day long.

I think both of those guys can get more consistent with their run fits, particularly Motuapuaka, but they both have a habit of making big plays.  Edmunds does it by making tackles for loss and sacking the quarterback.  Motuapuaka does it by getting his hands on the football in the passing game, or by returning interceptions or fumbles returned for touchdowns.

Bud Foster will have one of the most experienced linebacker duos in the country this spring.  He has plenty of bodies behind them, so I trust that he’ll be able to build a little bit of depth at each position.

Beckett will back up Andrew Motuapuaka at Mike. (Ivan Morozov)