The Virginia Tech Cornerback Situation

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Jovonn Quillen Virginia Tech
Jovonn Quillen will look to play a big role at cornerback this season. (Ivan Morozov)

Former Virginia Tech cornerback Bryce Watts recently announced his transfer to North Carolina.  Today we’ll take a closer look at the cornerback position, including what it looked like last season with Watts, and what it could look like next year without him.

We say every season that the first 3-4 games are about coaching, and the rest are about talent.  Coaches can outcoach other coaches in the first month, but at that point the film is out, and coaches begin to home in on the strengths and weaknesses of the opposition in order to create and exploit mismatches  If you have a lot of strengths and very few weaknesses, that’s great.  But if you have more weaknesses than strengths, you aren’t going to play very well, and you’re going to look pretty bad at times.  See the 2018 Virginia Tech season as an example of the latter.

Bryce Watts, like most Virginia Tech defensive players, did not have a good season in 2018.  He also got worse as the season went on and opposing offensive coordinators understood how to target him and how to attack the Hokie defense.