The defensive line has a few question marks. The one solid will be senior defensive tackle John Graves. Graves has only one career sack, but he takes up space in the middle and sometimes forces teams to double team him.
The senior stands 6'3 and weighs 275 pounds. That 275 pounds is pure muscle by the way. This guy is a physical specimen, and the one knock on him is he doesn't weight enough.
Expect Graves to have a very good year, and if he can open up the middle of the offensive line against Boise State and everyone else in 2010 it could be a long season for the Hokies opponents.
Kwamaine Battle and Antonie Hopkins will split time at the other tackle position, and Chris Drager and Stephen Friday will be the starting defensive ends.
Drager and James Gayle have been battling for one of the defensive end position slots, but an injury has hampered Gayle. Look for Gayle to take over the starting position if he can get healthy as the season grows old.
The wild card could be Friday. The senior has been a career backup, mainly because Jason Worilds was in front of him. However, Friday got a lot of time last year because of injuries to Worilds and he made the most of it. He recorded 3.5 sacks in limited time last year, so expect that number to rise in 2010.
2010 D-Line Bold Prediction
Friday leads the team in sacks, and this unit will surprise a lot of people with their size and athleticism. It's up to the defensive line to make the rest of the defense more successful.