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Tech Defensive Backfield ACC's Elite
by Chris Coleman,

In our last look at the returning players in the ACC, we'll take a look at the conference's defensive backs. The secondary might not be as loaded as the front seven for many ACC teams, but there is still plenty of talent to go around.

The bell cows of the Boston College secondary return for the 2007 season. Cornerback DeJuan Tribble and free safety Jamie Silva return as starters. Tribble had seven interceptions last year, and Silva is known for his hard hitting. Former head coach Tom O'Brien thought he stockpiled some talent in the secondary at BC before he left. We'll find out this year if he was right, because new starters have to be found at one cornerback spot, as well as strong safety.

Clemson loses starting cornerbacks Duane Coleman and C.J. Gaddis. They will replace them with sophomores Crezdon Butler and Chris Chancellor. Butler is especially talented, but this group will suffer from inexperience. R-freshman Byron Maxwell and true freshman Marcus Gilchrist could very well find themselves as the primary backups. If there is an injury to one of the starters, the Tigers could become susceptible to the pass.

The Tigers return two very experienced safeties. Junior Chris Clemons will start at free safety, and he was second on the team in tackles last year with 102. CAT safety Michael Hamlin could have a future in the NFL.

Duke's weakness on defense is their secondary. They'll slow down or stop outright the running games of most opponents this year, but they probably won't be able to stop them through the air. Cornerback John Talley is gone, along with his 18 career interceptions. First year starters Leon Wright and Jabari Marshall will man the cornerback positions, and they'll be attacked mercilessly. Chris Davis and Adrian Aye-Darko return as the starting safeties.

Florida State's secondary has a nice mix of youth, experience and talent, and they should play a lot better this year than they did a year ago. Tony Carter is a possible 1st Team All-ACC selection, despite his 5-9, 160 frame. Jamie Robinson will probably start at the other cornerback position. Sophomore Myron Rolle will start again at rover, and he has All-American potential. Experienced senior free safety Roger Williams rounds out the starting secondary.

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Georgia Tech returns three senior starters for the 2007 season, and part-time starter Jahi Word-Daniels is back as well. That will give the Yellow Jackets a lot of experience in coverage behind their blitz-happy front seven. However, GT's corners have struggled in the past, as they are often left all alone because of the amount of blitzing from the linebackers.

It will be important for Word-Daniels to play better than he did a year ago, or senior corner Pat Clark could steal his job. Either way, Clark will be in the rotation, and he needs to improve as well.

The Maryland Terrapins lose the services of Josh Wilson, their outstanding cornerback from 2006. He's off to the NFL. Cornerback Isaiah Gardner needs to pick up the slack. Gardner, a senior and returning starter, has the potential to play better than he has in the past. Christian Varner is on the move from free safety to strong safety. It shouldn't be a difficult switch for the returning senior starter. The Terps will probably start three seniors in the secondary, so the experience will be there. But will the talent and depth?

Miami has a talented, if inconsistent secondary. Safety Anthony Reddick tore his ACL in the offseason, so Lovon Ponder should start at strong safety. That shouldn't be a problem, as Ponder has started in the past. Kenny Phillips will be the starter at free safety, and some thing he'll be the next great Miami defensive back to move on to the NFL.

Miami's corners are very solid, but not spectacular. Glenn Sharpe will be a rare 6th-year senior, but will he be able to overcome his injury problems? Randy Phillips returns to start at the other corner spot, but he was inconsistent last year. The 'Canes badly need some playmakers in their defensive backfield. They intercepted just 12 passes last season.

UNC will get a major boost this year with free safety Trimane Goddard returning. He missed last season with an injury but should be the leader of the secondary in 2007. He'll have to be, as the Tar Heels could start as many as two freshmen and a sophomore around Goddard. Senior corner Quinton Person could also start again for UNC. It will be a long year for the Heels, but the future doesn't seem so bleak for the defensive backfield.

NC State's secondary could possibly be their best unit defensively this year. They return a lot of experience. Their top player is senior free safety Miquel Scott, a three-year starter. Joining him will be junior rover DaJuan Morgan, who has been a major playmaker for the Wolfpack. Jimmie Sutton will be a returning starter as a senior at cornerback. NC State could have the most undervalued secondary in the ACC in 2007.

Virginia should have more talent and depth in the secondary in 2007, although that depth took a major hit recently when cornerback Mike Brown tore his ACL. Now former highly-touted quarterback Vic Hall will have to step into the starting role opposite Chris Cook. There are three safeties with starting experience in Nate Lyles, Byron Glaspy and Jamaal Jackson. The Cavalier secondary still isn't quite as good as their front seven, but they should have a solid 2007 season.

Virginia Tech returns three starters in the secondary, including junior All-American cornerback Brandon Flowers. Junior Macho Harris will start opposite of Harris at field corner. D.J. Parker returns for his third season starting at free safety. Kam Chancellor will see his first significant action at rover, and he is the only question mark heading into the season.

The Hokies have perhaps the deepest and most talent group of cornerbacks in the nation. Flowers and Harris are NFL caliber, and backup Roland Minor started on the 2005 defense. Stephan Virgil is perhaps the best player that most Tech fans haven't heard of yet.

Wake Forest will take a big hit to their secondary because senior starters Josh Gattis and Patrick Ghee are gone. Former starting cornerback Kevin Patterson will start at strong safety, and he should be fine there. Cornerback Alphonso Smith is one of the most aggressive corners you'll see. He's talented enough to be an All-ACC player, but his aggressiveness will get him in trouble as well. Pass - Your Ultimate Ticket to Hokie Sports!

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The Run for 32 -- Race Team and Donation Update

June 21, 2007
It's been just 3 weeks since we launched "The Run For 32" and a lot has happened in a short period of time. Here is some of the exciting news surrounding our efforts.

Biggest Questions Heading into Football Season
June 21, 2007
On September 1, Virginia Tech will open the season against East Carolina. It's a strong bet that the Hokies are going to win that game, but a number of things need to happen between now and then to ensure that the rest of the season is as successful as possible.

Virginia Closes the Gap for Rose
June 21, 2007
Prior to last Saturday, Virginia Tech was the heavy favorite for Amherst (VA) star Peter Rose. The 6-1, 180-pound ATH prospect had a great visit to Virginia for its Elite Junior Day last Saturday, though, and the Cavs are now back in contention.

TSL's Pre-Summer Top 30
June 20, 2007
The 2008 class appears deep, as every one of the top 30 prospects in the state has received at least one Division 1A scholarship offer. This year's crop will be very interesting to watch in the 2007 season, as a number of prospects could rise or fall in the ranks depending on how they perform. This especially goes for the top five, which consists of a dominating offensive tackle, a dynamic running back, an athletic dual-threat quarterback, a tall and elusive wide receiver and an accurate pocket passer.

Lawrence Names Top Five
June 20, 2007
Kathleen Senior High School (Lakeland, FL) star wide receiver/defensive back T.J. Lawrence has five favorite schools, but he plans on taking his time before coming to a final decision. Lawrence certainly has many options to consider, as he is now up to 17 Division 1A scholarship offers.

2005-06 Financial Report: Hokie Athletics Still Strong Financially
June 19, 2007
This is the 2007 (or in financial terms, the 2006) update of my article on Virginia Tech Athletic financial information that ran on in late March, 2006. Many folks have requested an update to last year's information. This latest version contains financial numbers that reflect the 2005 football season and 2005/2006 basketball season. The numbers continue to paint a picture of an athletic department that has grown rapidly and is run in a fiscally responsible fashion.

Tech Makes Cut for Explosive Athlete
June 19, 2007
Virginia Tech has made the first cut for one of the top prospects in the state of North Carolina. Brandon Barnes, a top running back/athlete recruit out of Bunn High School, visited Virginia Tech earlier this spring and came away impressed enough to include the Hokies in his final six.

Recruiting video: LB Jake Johnson
June 18, 2007
Stafford (Falmouth, VA) star Jake Johnson, one of the top linebacker recruits in the state of Virginia's 2008 recruiting class, racked up 125 tackles including 27 tackles-for-loss and nine sacks in his junior season. In his video highlights, Jake shows why he earned offers from Virginia Tech, Virginia and Maryland before committing to the Hokies last month.
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