Virginia Tech Football: secondary preview

virginia tech footballFor years, the Virginia Tech football team’s secondary has been outstanding. Players there such as Kyle Fuller, Brandon Flowers, and Macho Harris have gone on to be players in the NFL, and Flowers has been one of the best corners in the league. This year the secondary will look a bit different since Kyle Fuller is gone but his brother Kendall is still there. What will it look like?

Corners

This position is going to be a lot weaker this year than it was last year since players like Antone Exum and Kyle Fuller have left to the NFL. One corner that is going to come back stronger than ever is Kendall Fuller who is Kyle Fuller’s younger brother. He had a great season last year and is due for another great one this year as well. He had six interceptions last season and made 58 tackles.

The player who starts opposite Fuller will be very interesting as there will be a competition. Donovan Riley could be the starter as he is an upper classman and has been here long enough to know the system more than the other players. He didn’t play much last season but I’m sure he could go in and play well.

Terrence Travis and Der’Woun Greene are both redshirts so I’m sure Bud Foster will want to start them next season since both of them are really young. It’s going to be a good competition for the starter opposite of Fuller this season.

Safeties

Virginia Tech’s safeties won’t be as good as last year, but they do have one returning in Detrick Bonner, who had a good first season last year for a freshman. He had 48 tackles and two intercpetions along with five breakups. He’s going to be a redshirt sophomore this season but expect him to have a good year.

The player who should start opposite of Bonner will be Kyshoen Jarrett. He’s been on this team for awhile as he will be a senior this season. He plays special teams in addition to defense. He made 71 tackles for the Hokies last season and has two interceptions. Even though there may be competition for the spot, he should be the favorite as none of the other players have seen action.

  • asdfgh

    Are you dumb? How exactly are their safeties not as good as last year when they return both starting safeties who have started every game for the past 2 seasons? And Brandon Facyson started almost every game last season at corner, do you not know he exists?

  • Chaos

    Hunter,
    Tech’s secondary probably is the strongest unit on the team going into the 2014 season. Barring injury or other unforeseen circumstances, the starters will be:
    Strong Safety (a.k.a. Rover) – Kyshoen Jarrett. Senior. This will be his 3rd season as the starting strong safety.
    Free Safety – Detrick Bonner. Redshirt Senior. This will be his 3rd season as the starting free safety
    Cornerback – Kyle Fuller. Sophomore. Played about 1/2 of last season at Whip linebacker due to team need, then moved seamlessly to corner (his natural position) when his older brother Kyle got hurt. Led the conference with # of passes intercepted (6).
    Cornerback – Brandon Facyson. Sophomore. Played and started almost all of last season due to Antone Exum’s injuries (knee, then ankle). Intercepted 5 passes.
    Key Backups:
    Donovan Riley – Cornerback. Junior. Probably the replacement for Fuller or Facyson if either gets hurt…also may see time in nickel packages. Has improved tremendously over past year and probably would start for at least half of D1 schools.
    Der Woun (sounds like Derrion) Greene. Redshirt Sophomore. Up and coming, versatile player who can play either corner or free safety.
    Chuck Clark. Sophomore. Played as backup corner and in nickel packages last season. Got some work at free safety this spring which is viewed as his natural position. Projected to take over as the starting free safety next year; although there probably will be great competition between Clark and Greene for this spot.
    Desmond Frye. Junior. Strong Safety. Received a bunch of work this spring as Kyshoen Jarrett recovered from an injury and reportedly played very well. Has been in the program a while, but also is likely to be pushed hard by a couple of talented freshmen…C.J. Reavis and Holland Fisher.
    best wishes and keep on writing.