Virginia Tech’s defensive line did not perform at a very good level in 2018, and most of that is probably because of injuries and youth. The Hokies will lose Ricky Walker at defensive tackle, but they will bring in JUCO reinforcements, and one rising redshirt sophomore defensive end showed major progress this past season.
Defensive Ends: TyJuan Garbutt Tech’s Most Consistent DE
Trevon Hill was Virginia Tech’s highest-grading defensive end this year per Pro Football Focus, but he was only on the team for three games. After that, redshirt freshman defensive end TyJuan Garbutt narrowly edged out redshirt junior defensive end Houshun Gaines as Tech’s best defensive end.
Note: as always, we don’t endorse Pro Football Focus as the be-all, end-all of player grading. However, they are an excellent independent resource, and we do believe that they are an accurate reference point when trying to determine how well a player performed.
Here are the overall grades for Tech’s defensive ends per PFF, throwing out Trevon Hill…
TyJuan Garbutt (r-Fr.): 64.6
Houshun Gaines (r-Jr.): 63.9
Emmanuel Belmar (r-So.):
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