Virginia Tech returns three starters to their defensive secondary from last year. Returning is FS Kam Chancellor, Rover Dorian Porch, and CB Stephan Virgil.
Kam Chancellor is a physical specimen at 6'4" 226 pounds. He is a big hitter, who will lead the VT secondary. Next is CB Steven Virgil who tied for the team lead with six interceptions. He is a very good CB.
The other CB, the lone new comer to the secondary, is Rashad Carmichael who played in limited action last year.
At Rover, another very important defensive position for the Hokies, Tech has an interesting situation. Their is an intense battle occurring between senior Dorian Porch, who played most of the season, and sophomore Davon Morgan, who played in five games last year before suffering a season ending injury.
This battle will be decided in the fall, but both are good options for the Hokies.
The Crimson Tide also return three starters from last year. Also, their best player from last year's team, Rashad Johnson, graduated, just like Virginia Tech and Macho Harris.
In the secondary, Alabama will start CB Javier Arenas, CB Kareem Jackson, SS Justin Woodall, and FS Ali Sharrief or Robby Green. The newcomer is Ali Sharrief or Green.
Javier Areans is most known for his punt returning abilities, but is also a good CB. Jackson is another solid option at CB.
At safety Woodall took in four interceptions last year and is a very good player. Ali Sharrief is short for a FS at 5'9" and racked up a modest 20 tackles last year as a backup. He will probably be tested by most by opposing defenses. Green was a top recruit and is bigger and should start over Sharrief
These secondaries are very even and both very good. Virginia Tech's is ranked No. 5 by athlon sports, whereas Alabama's is ranked No. 6. That shows just how even they are.
Both teams lost their best player last year, both were in the secondary, and both return three starters in the secondary.
I'm going to give a SLIGHT EDGE to Virginia Tech on this one because I feel Kam Chancellor is a physical freak and the new comer for the Hokies, Rashad Carmichael, will perform very well for the Hokies.