Virginia Tech Spring Practice Discussion: Defensive End

TyJuan Garbutt, Virginia Tech
TyJuan Garbutt is the most experienced Virginia Tech defensive end. (Ivan Morozov)

Virginia Tech has moved a couple of players to defensive end recently and also returns a few guys who have played a lot of snaps. Today we’ll talk about Tech’s defensive ends and discuss what could be in store for this spring and the future.

When I used Pro Football Focus to research the total number of career defensive snaps of each Virginia Tech end, I was surprised the number is so high.

PlayerYearCareer Snaps
TyJuan Garbuttr-Sr.1,510
Jaylen Griffinr-Sr.872
Eli Adamsr-Jr.534
Cole NelsonSo.104
Mattheus Carrollr-Fr.42
CJ McCrayr-Fr.29
Lakeem Rudolphr-Fr.0
Jorden McDonaldr-Fr.0

TyJuan Garbutt (6-1, 252, r-Sr.) accounts for about half of them, which makes sense, and Jaylen Griffin (6-1, 264, r-Sr.) has played a lot as well. However, I didn’t realize that Eli Adams (5-11, 235, r-Jr.) had played over 500 snaps in his career, and I also didn’t know that Mattheus Carroll (6-5, 232, r-Fr.) played 42 snaps over the course of three games (Middle Tennessee, Duke and Maryland) last season.

Technically speaking, there is plenty of experience at end. When your fourth-most experienced end has over 100 career snaps, your most experienced end has over 1,500 and the group as a whole has totaled over 3,000, then you’ve got plenty of guys there who have been through the battles. That doesn’t even count Nebraska transfer Pheldarius Payne, who played 369 snaps over the last two seasons with the Cornhuskers. He will enroll this summer.