Friday, March 12, 2010
ACC position superlatives: Virginia Tech
By ESPN.com staff
The Hokies are up next in our series about the strongest and weakest positions for each team in the ACC:
Strongest position: Running back
Key returnees: Darren Evans, Ryan Williams, Josh Oglesby, David Wilson
Key departures: None
The skinny: The staff still isn’t sure how much they can expect from Evans this spring as he continues to recover from a torn ACL, but the Hokies should have two healthy 1,000-yard running backs by the season opener. Virginia Tech has a lot of depth with the return of Oglesby, who was the team’s third-leading rusher a year ago behind Williams and quarterback Tyrod Taylor. Wilson declined to redshirt last year and played in all 13 games, had only 59 carries but was a valuable kick returner. Wilson will be given the opportunity to redshirt again this year.
Weakest position: Defensive line
Key returnees: DT John Graves
Key departures: DT Cordarrow Thompson, DE Nekos Brown, DE Jason Worilds
The skinny: The decision of Worilds to leave school early and enter the NFL draft was another hit to a unit already tasked with replacing veterans. In addition to losing three of four starters up front, the Hokies also graduated top backup defensive tackle Demetrius Taylor. The staff has high expectations for Steven Friday to blossom as a senior at defensive end, and Chris Drager, who moved from tight end last year, now has little choice but to stay on the defensive side and help out at defensive end. The interior line is Bud Foster’s biggest concern.