The Fisher Law Firm Friday Q&A: The Defensive Tackle Situation, Recruiting, and More

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1) Just how dire do you view our DT situation? With our young back seven, it seems an injury or two on the D-line could really hamper our defense’s effectiveness. Do we have a young stud being overlooked like a Derrick Hopkins who can be serviceable as a freshman? When is Cam Goode coming? Any word on Vinny’s recovery? – GreenStreet

Chris Coleman: “With our young back seven, it seems an injury or two on the D-line could really hamper our defense’s effectiveness.”

Agreed.  This defense could end up being very strong, but with an injury or two at the wrong spots, it could also end up being below average by Virginia Tech standards.  To a certain extent, it reminds me of the 2002 defense.

Going into the season, the 2002 defense had lost guys like Ben Taylor, Jake Houseright, David Pugh, Chad Beasley, and Brian Welch from the 2001 season.  In fact, throw in guys like Channing Reed and Dan Wilkinson, and the Hokies lost four of their top five defensive tackles off that team.  Welch and Houseright were both mikes, and to compensate, the Hokies moved Mikal Baaqee from backer to mike.  Vegas Robinson was a new starter at backer.

Things were so dire up front in 2002 that walk-on Mark Costen started at defensive tackle for the season opener against Arkansas State.  Early season victories against LSU and Texas A&M (an A&M team that

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