Virginia Tech Spring Preview: Defensive Backs

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2016 starting free safety Chuck Clark has departed, and he’s expected to be drafted by an NFL team in May.  Virginia Tech’s most immediate concern is who will replace him at Bud Foster’s most important position in the secondary, though I think that “competition” was never really a question to begin with.

The Hokies will bring in more defensive backs to add to the mix in August, such as the highly-touted Devon Hunter, who is expected to play a role somewhere in the secondary as a true freshman.  For now, however, Hunter isn’t here, and it’s impossible to figure out exactly where he’ll fit until he arrives.  This spring the Hokies will focus on developing depth at cornerback and finding a starting Rover to replace Terrell Edmunds, who I’m assuming will easily win the starting position at Free Safety.

Let’s take a quick look at Virginia Tech’s depth at each position.

Brian Mitchell
Brian Mitchell is looking to build depth at cornerback this spring. (Ivan Morozov)

Cornerback: Hokies Looking to Build Depth

Rising senior Greg Stroman is out for the spring, but the Hokies have two other returning starters at that position: Brandon Facyson (r-Sr.) and Adonis Alexander