Including the recent signing class, the Hokies are set to have 89 players on the roster who have scholarships. NCAA rules say schools can only have 85 scholarship players.
Now, there’s always jostling that goes on between now and when the members of the most-recent signing class enroll in school to get to the 85 number. That can be through roster attrition (though, to this point, none has been announced), players not qualifying or a few delaying their enrollment.
It’s something a lot of schools go through. According to CBS Sports, Alabama has 95 players on scholarship right now. So Nick Saban will have to have some major cutdowns to get to 85.
The list I’ve made below is just for scholarship players who are currently on the roster or who have signed letters of intent. That excludes a couple of potential scholarship players.
Running back Drew Harris‘ status remains up in the air because of the NCAA Clearinghouse. Whip linebacker Dahman McKinnon is on an indefinite suspension for his hit-and-run arrest in December, although a reduced charge would allow him to get back on the roster.
The Hokies’ current scholarship breakdown is as follows: 14 seniors, 19 juniors, 16 sophomores, 19 redshirt freshmen (I put Josh Stanford and Deon Clarke in this category for now) and 21 incoming freshmen.
Here’s a breakdown by position, provided everybody sticks around/gets into school. Incoming freshmen are italicized. January enrollees this year have an asterisk. Naturally, positions are subject to change, particularly for freshmen:
Logan Thomas, Sr.; Mark Leal, Jr.; Trey Gresh, Jr.; Brenden Motley, rFr.; Bucky Hodges, Fr.; Carlis Parker, Fr.*
RUNNING BACKS (7)
Tony Gregory, Sr.; Michael Holmes, So.; J.C. Coleman, So.; Trey Edmunds, rFr.; Chris Mangus, rFr.; D.J. Reid, Fr.; Jerome Wright, Fr.*
WIDE RECEIVERS (10)
D.J. Coles, Sr.; E.L. Smiling, Jr.; Demitri Knowles, So.; Kevin Asante, So.; Christian Reeves, So.; Joel Caleb, rFr.; Josh Stanford, rFr.; Mark Irick, rFr.; Deon Newsome, Fr.; David Prince, Fr.
TIGHT ENDS (5)
Ryan Malleck, Jr., Zack McCray, Jr.; Duan Perez-Means, Jr.; Darius Redman, So.; Dakota Jackson, rFr.
OFFENSIVE LINEMEN (16)
Andrew Miller, Sr.; David Wang, Sr.; Nick Acree, Jr.; Caleb Farris, Jr.; Matt Arkema, Jr.; Brent Benedict, Jr.; Laurence Gibson, Jr.; Mark Shuman, Jr.; Jake Goins, So.; Augie Conte, rFr.; Adam Taraschke, rFr.; Jack Willenbrock, rFr. Braxton Pfaff, Fr.; Kyle Chung, Fr.; Jonathan McLaughlin, Fr.*; Parker Osterloh, Fr.*
DEFENSIVE ENDS (12)
James Gayle, Sr.; J.R. Collins, Sr.; Tyrel Wilson, Sr.; Corey Marshall, Jr.; Dadi Nicolas, So.; Matt Roth, So.; Dewayne Alford, rFr.; Ken Ekanem, rFr.; Jarontay Jones, rFr.; Wyatt Teller, Fr.; Seth Dooley, Fr.*; Woody Baron, Fr.*
DEFENSIVE TACKLES (6)
Derrick Hopkins, Sr.; Luther Maddy, Jr.; Kris Harley, So.; Justin Taylor, So.; Alston Smith, rFr.; Nigel Williams, rFr.
INSIDE LINEBACKERS (6)
Jack Tyler, Sr.; Tariq Edwards, Sr.; Chase Williams, Jr.; Deon Clarke, rFr.; Devin Vandyke, rFr.; Andrew Motuapuaka, Fr.
WHIP LINEBACKERS (2)
Ronny Vandyke, So.; Jamieon Moss, Fr.
Antone Exum, Sr.; Kyle Fuller, Sr.; Donaldven Manning, So.; Donovan Riley, So.; Der’Woune Greene, rFr.; Davion Tookes, rFr.; Cequan Jefferson, Fr. Kendall Fuller, Fr.; Brandon Facyson, Fr.*
FREE SAFETIES/ROVERS (6)
Detrick Bonner, Jr.; Kyshoen Jarrett, Jr.; Desmond Frye, So.; Charles Clark, Fr.; Holland Fisher, Fr.; Anthony Shegog, Fr.
Cody Journell, K, Sr.; Michael Branthover, P, Jr.; Joe St. Germain, LS, Jr.; A.J. Hughes, P, So.