The Virginia Tech Friday Q&A: Surprise Players, Strength & Conditioning, And More

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Christian Darrisaw was a huge development success story for Virginia Tech (Jon Fleming)

1) We have been questioning development for a while now and development encompasses a lot of areas. Overall, what players would you consider development successes during Justin Fuente’s tenure? – 2hhoop3

Chris Coleman: I would certainly say that a good number of cornerbacks developed, particularly Caleb Farley.  You can also use current starting cornerback Jermaine Waller as an example.  As a true freshman in 2018, he was only on the field for 127 snaps.  He couldn’t beat out true sophomore Bryce Watts, who was not a Power 5 level football player in my opinion.  Then Waller blew up as a sophomore in 2019, and he’s been good again in 2021 despite suffering several injuries throughout his career.  He has developed.

Christian Darrisaw obviously developed into a first round pick.  Lecitus Smith has developed.  Luke Tenuta developed early in his career, though he’s taken a step back this year.  Dalton Keene developed, James Mitchell developed, while TyJuan Garbutt