The Hokies are loaded with talent in the secondary once again and it goes beyond the starters but the talented depth that the Hokies have. Virginia Tech’s great depth in the secondary is a big reason why the Hokies should have a strong future while also being largely due to the great job that Torrian Gray does as the defensive backs coach.
One of the Hokies’ top secondary players that doesn’t start is Chuck Clark. However, Clark has the skills to be used in nickel defensive packages due to his talent and versatility.
In the long run, Chuck Clark seems like a future starting free safety for the Hokies but he has the skill set and versatility to be used as a nickel cornerback. Clark has some good ball skills while he also seems to be all over the field and is a good enough run defender that can press some to try to limit opponents’ running ability against the Hokies’ nickel defense.
Clark has played well enough at cornerback that he could end up starting at cornerback over Donovan Riley against William & Mary if Brandon Facyson is not healthy enough to play. However, Facyson should be ready to play and Clark will likely slide to nickel cornerback.
The thing that makes Clark unique is the fact that he can act almost as a third safety on the field which can allow Kyshoen Jarrett to play in the box on some plays. Clark’s zone coverage can also allow the Hokies to blitz Jarrett with Clark sliding to a zone coverage safety role across from Detrick Bonner. Clark can also rotate in on some plays at the free safety spot though Desmond Frye is looking to also claim some playing time behind Bonner.
Chuck Clark’s future should definitely be at free safety but he has the versatility to play some cornerback this year before he should get a starting free safety job next season.