Defensive Thoughts: Defensive Line, and Devon Hunter to Nickel

TyJuan Garbutt (pictured here with Justin Fuente last August) has added over 20 pounds since he enrolled. (photo by Ivan Morozov)

Virginia Tech released a new spring roster yesterday, and as usual the first thing I did was look at the updated weights.  In part of today’s article, I want to focus in on the weight changes on the defensive line.  I also want to discuss Devon Hunter playing whip, and Justin Fuente’s comments about some of the older players in his secondary.

Defensive Ends

The Tech coaches confirmed what we all expected: that Vinny Mihota would move inside to defensive tackle for his senior season.  That leaves playing time up for grabs at defensive end.  We know Trevon Hill (r-Jr.) and Houshun Gaines (r-Jr.) are the likely starters, and Emmanuel Belmar (r-So.) saw the field last season as well. 

That leaves four players who redshirted a year ago that we don’t know much about.  First, here’s a look at their weight changes, and after that I’ll have some individual comments on each player.

Zion DeBose (r-Fr.): 244 to 247
TyJuan Garbutt (r-Fr.): 221 to 244
Nathan Proctor (r-Fr.): 224 to 240
Robert Porcher IV (r-Fr.): 262 to 260