Hokies will handle Johnson's transfer

Jake Johnson's decision to transfer from Virginia Tech because he didn't agree with the move from linebacker to defensive end will have minimal impact on the Hokies' defense if any this fall.

At first glance it would seem as if a defense trying to replace six starters -- including three on the defensive line -- couldn't afford to lose any more depth, but the reality is that Johnson was a third-string defensive end and likely wasn't going to make a huge impact.

Johnson hasn't redshirted, so he could go to another FBS school and sit out a season without losing a year of eligibility, or he could drop down to the FCS level and play right away. Coach Frank Beamer granted Johnson his release and wished him well, according to a school spokesman.

Every coach wants players who want to be there, so this is probably a decision that will work out for the best of both parties.