Spring Practice Review: Defense

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Bud Foster and Charley Wiles (Ivan Morozov)

Virginia Tech got some good work done on the defensive side of the ball this spring. I was happy with the depth they appear to have built at linebacker and in the secondary, and while I’m still somewhat concerned about the defensive line, things should improve there in August.

Defensive End: Thin for Now, but Deeper in the Summer

Virginia Tech didn’t have many defensive ends available for spring practice. Here’s a list of the current scholarship defensive ends on the roster.

Vinny Mihota (r-Jr.)
Raymon Minor (r-Jr.)
Trevon Hill (r-So.)
Houshun Gaines (r-So.)
Xavier Burke (r-So.)
Jimmie Taylor (r-So.)
Emmanuel Belmar (r-Fr.)

The list above is based on seniority, but Virginia Tech’s top three defensive ends on the depth chart (Mihota, Hill, Gaines) did not participate in spring practice. Of the guys who did participate, here’s a quick bio…

Raymon Minor: Minor could not stick at Backer or Whip, and then briefly quit the team last August.

Xavier Burke: Burke is a converted tight end who is getting his first work on defense.

Jimmie Taylor: Taylor was listed as a defensive tackle at the beginning of the spring, but because of the lack of numbers at end,