The depth chart for Virginia Tech football has undergone another revision, and we’re here to spell out the changes for you and what they mean.
First, the running back position has quickly become crowded. Michael Holmes is the clear number one on the depth chart right now, but behind him is a gaggle of backs all vying for that coveted second string spot. True freshman J.C. Coleman, redshirt junior Tony Gregory, and redshirt senior Martin Scales are all currently tied for the second running back position. It’s likely that this last scrimmage will truly determine that pecking order.
Second, A.J. Hughes did, in fact, overtake Hunter Windmuller as the first string punter after a very impressive performance in Saturday’s scrimmage. Hughes averaged almost 57 yards per punt on Saturday, compared to Windmuller’s 27 yards per punt average. I think it’s safe to say that most people expected this change. After what Virginia Tech got last year from their entire punting unit, I bet Frank Beamer was ecstatic with the performance of Hughes.
Third, Corey Marshall is still currently giving J.R. Collins a run at first string defensive end opposite James Gayle. Marshall first got the opportunity after Collins was late to a meeting, but he appears to seriously be playing his way into that position. Either way you slice it, Marshall or Collins, having the other at second string is still a pretty formidable rotation. Also of note, Zack McCray is currently tied for second on the depth chart at both defensive end and defensive tackle. It’s likely that McCray will have to move around this season in order to see the field more, but he should definitely be in contention for playing time.
Fourth, Kevin Asante is currently sitting tied with Demitri Knowles for the fourth wide receiver slot. Asante, who was extremely impressive with both the first and second team offenses during Saturday’s scrimmage, seems poised to see the field this season. Joshua Stanford is currently solidly third on the depth chart at split end behind Dyrell Roberts and Corey Fuller. Joel Caleb is tied for third at the Flanker position with freshman walk-on Charley Meyer. What that means for Caleb’s chances at being redshirted, I don’t know; but it is pretty interesting nonetheless.