Virginia Tech updated its depth chart for the Georgia Tech game Tuesday, and there were few surprises. Frank Beamer has been pretty open about competitions going on in camp, so nothing is from completely out of left field.
But there are some noteworthy things. Let’s take a look. (And remember, this isn’t and end-all depth chart for the game, but what it is right now):
** Lots of “ors” on the depth chart, with some ones everyone expected. It’s Michael Via or Brent Benedict at right guard, Ryan Malleck or Eric Martin at tight end, Corey Marshall or J.R. Collins at defensive end and Luther Maddy or Antoine Hopkins at defensive tackle.
** But there are some “ors” that are a little surprising. The chart has Dyrell Roberts or D.J. Coles at split end, suggesting that Coles is doing pretty well in his rehab now. And at the other end spot, it’s James Gayle or Tyrel Wilson. I’d imagine this is an injury thing, since Gayle’s availability has been limited for so long because of his ankle.
** The No. 2 tailback spot is listed as Martin Scales or J.C. Coleman. I assume it will be a situational thing with those two. Regardless, Michael Holmes is the clear No. 1.
** Zack McCray or Kris Harley at the backup tackle spot to Derrick Hopkins could be an interesting battle. Whichever one gets in the game might depend on what look the Hokies want to give. McCray is smaller but presumably quicker. Harley is the bigger of the two and seems to have more of a mean streak.
** Jeron Gouveia-Winslow is your starting whip linebacker, with Ronny Vandyke or Alonzo Tweedy listed second. My guess is it will be that way for the first part of the season.
** Interesting to see some of the secondary choices. Boye Aromire and Michael Cole are listed as backup rovers to Kyshoen Jarrett, while freshman Desmond Frye is the backup free safety to Detrick Bonner. I figured either Aromire or Cole would be the backup free safety, but coaches must like what they see out of Frye.
** A.J. Hughes remains the top punter, ahead of Hunter Windmuller. Beamer said that battle isn’t quite decided. But if it stays this way, it looks like Hughes will be the one out there.
** Roberts is listed as the top punt returner over Jarrett but isn’t on the kick return squad. Interesting, since he’s the school’s all-time kick return leader. Perhaps he or the coaching staff had second thoughts about putting him in on kickoffs, where he’s suffered season-ending injuries the last two years.
** Or maybe the coaches like what they see in the other kick returners. Demitri Knowles and J.C. Coleman are the first pair, followed by Tony Gregory and Kevin Asante. Knowles and Coleman have both broken off big returns at scrimmages.
Here’s an image of the full depth chart. Click to embiggen: