Virginia Tech's annual spring game is this Saturday, April 25, and the Hokies have a couple of holes to fill.
And while many of them are on the defensive side of the ball, the offensive line once again has a couple of question marks.
The biggest loss the Hokies took this offseason was the departure of Victor "Macho" Harris. The three-year starter was used on special teams, occasionally on offense, and, oh yeah, at corner back. So who will be taking his place?
On the Tech defense, Harris was playing what Bud Foster calls the "boundary corner" position. This spot usually involves covering the opposition's best receiver but also includes helping stop the run.
Stephan Virgil will be taking over that role while Rashad Carmichael and Cris Hill battle for the field corner position. Look out for sophomore Eddie Whitely, a sleeper at this position.
Kam Chancellor has the free safety position locked down, but who's playing the strong safety position?
Davon Morgan was the starter last season before tearing his ACL, and Dorian Porch came in and played very well. Porch has set a number of records in the weight room this offseason and may have the edge over Morgan. Both should see a lot of time this season.
The defensive line should consist of Jason Worilds, John Graves, Cordarrow Thompson, and Demetrius Taylor.
The linebackers will likely play a lot of different sets this season. Cody Grimm and Barquell Rivers will see a lot of action, and Cam Martin will anchor this group. Look for sophomore Quillie Odom to have a very good year as well.
Now to the offensive side.
Tyrod Taylor, Darren Evans, and Greg Boone are all locks at their respective positions. Taylor has put on a lot of muscle and will look to have a breakout season passing the football in 2009.
Ju-Ju Clayton has been named the second-string quarterback and played well in a scrimmage last Saturday.
The wide receivers are still young, but they're experienced. Brandon Dillard will be making his return from a torn achilles, and Danny Coale should see plenty of time, along with Xavier Boyce, Dyrell Roberts, and Jarret Boykins. Expect to see Roberts also receive a lot of chances at kick returner this season.
The sleeper of the wideout bunch is Logan Thomas, who was either a four- or five-star recruit, depending on where you looked. The coaching staff is very excited about his athleticism and will likely will grant him plenty of playing time at wide receiver.
Darren Evans became the first freshman running back to rush for 1,000 yards in Virginia Tech history, but he will have a lot more help this season. Ryan Williams will be available and Josh Oglesby is still with team.
And let's not forget about Kenny Lewis Jr., who's coming off an injury-riddled season. The running game will attacking defenses all year long.
Though the offense improved late last year, it's still the biggest question mark going into next season.
Is this finally the year Tyrod Taylor plays like we thought he would? Time will tell, and the countdown to September 5 in Atlanta has begun.
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