Jeron Gouveia-Winslow hasn’t had the best of times at Virginia Tech. A disappointing 2010 campaign for the Stone Bridge High product forced him to fight for his place in 2011, and although he responded with improved performances as the season began, he then missed the last eight games with a Lisfranc injury.
Alonzo Tweedy took over from Gouveia-Winslow following his injury, and played well in his absence. Although slowed by an ankle injury, the starting job now seems to be Tweedy’s to lose, and Gouveia-Winslow will need to excel in camp in order to reclaim his place in his senior year.
As if that wasn’t enough, there’s some noise being made about redshirt freshman Ronny Vandyke. When speaking to Mark Giannotto at the Washington Post, defensive coordinator Bud Foster’s words were less than optimistic about Gouveia-Winslow’s chances:
[Gouveia-Winslow] is a good, solid football player, but from an ability standpoint with Tweedy and Vandyke in there, is probably the third-best athlete out there. But he has some things he brings to the table.
Tweedy showed some signs, and again in the bowl game, of what he’s capable of doing. I’m hoping he’s a guy who’s going to have a big time senior year.
Picking the positives out of that statement is a less than simple task, but I would highlight Foster’s comment where he infers that Gouveia-Winslow has talents that are unique to his skill set.
The following slides outline why he will come back stronger in 2012.