Virginia Tech Football: Projecting the Hokies' 2013 Defensive Depth Chart

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Virginia Tech Football: Projecting the Hokies' 2013 Defensive Depth Chart
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Virginia Tech’s disappointing 2012 season came to end with last Friday’s 13-10 win over Rutgers in the Russell Athletic Bowl.

Much like most of this season, Bud Foster’s defensive unit carried the team. The Hokies held the Scarlet Knights to 196 total yards. Quarterback Gary Nova had only been sacked eight times all season, but the Hokies got to him four times and forced three turnovers.

Last week we looked at the potential offensive depth chart for 2013. In this article we will focus on the defense. Pending the return of two juniors, who may opt to depart a year early to the NFL, this group looks to be in very good shape next season either way.

The Hokies only started one senior in the Russell Athletic Bowl (linebacker Bruce Taylor). Cornerback Antone Exum and defensive end James Gayle, both juniors, may or may not be back in 2013, but here is a look at what the Hokies’ depth chart may look like if both return.

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