The Fisher Law Firm Friday Q&A: Special Teams, Quarterback Depth and More

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1) What is the word on Divine Deablo? Redshirt? ST? Meaningful reps? – vt2wake

Chris Coleman: As far as I know, Divine Deablo is working with the No. 2 defense at free safety and is making very good progress.  He’s got great physical skills for the position, he just needs to adjust to playing on the defensive side of the ball.  He will be a factor to start at that spot whenever Terrell Edmunds heads to the NFL, and it’s possible that day could be sooner rather than later.

I don’t see any way that Deablo redshirts.  He was one of Tech’s top special teams performers last season, and special teams is going to be extremely important for this year’s squad.  With an inexperienced offense, the Hokies need to win the hidden yardage game on special teams.  A big open field tackle or a blocked punt by Deablo could mean the difference in a win or a loss.  He’ll play a big role on the kickoff team and punt block/punt return team again this year.

Whether or not Devon Hunter moves to free safety one day depends on the development of Deablo.  If he progresses well mentally, he has the physical ability and the overall IQ to be a very good free safety.  If that’s the case, Hunter could stay at rover long-term, or potentially help at one of the other spots in the secondary.  If not, then he’ll likely be