Virginia Tech Spring Preview: Defensive Line

Virginia Tech defensive end Antwaun Powell-Ryland is back after finishing just shy of double-digit sacks in 2023 with 9.5. (Jon Fleming)

With Virginia Tech set to begin spring drills on March 15, we’re counting down the days here at Tech Sideline by previewing all of the Hokies’ position groups. So far, we’ve done:

Running backs
Receivers and tight ends
Offensive line

Coming and going


Departing: none
Returning (7): Antwaun Powell-Ryland (r-Sr.), C.J. McCray (r-Sr.), Cole Nelson (Sr.), Jorden McDonald (r-Jr.), James Jennette (r-Jr.), Keyshawn Burgos (Jr.), Jason Abbey (r-Fr.)
Mid-year enrollees (2): Deric Dandy (Fr.), Gerard Johnson (Fr.)
Summer enrollees: none