Virginia Tech Linebackers: Are Jaden Keller And Keli Lawson Ready To Break Out?

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The returning linebackers for Virginia Tech are now on their fourth position coach in as many seasons, while the brand-new Sam position features a new coach and three new players who have never played linebacker before.

The Virginia Tech Mikes and Wills will be coached by defensive coordinator Chris Marve, while Shawn Quinn will handle the Sam linebackers.

Dax Hollifield, Virginia Tech
Dax Hollifield enters his final season at Virginia Tech. (Jon Fleming)

Needed Improvement From Virginia Tech Veterans

I ran these numbers in an earlier article this summer, but for our look at the linebackers, I think they warrant another mention. Here are the year-by-year PFF grades for returning starters Dax Hollifield (6-1, 245, Sr.) and Alan Tisdale (6-3, 225, r-Sr.). Hollifield is the first table, and Tisdale the second.