Originally posted on Lambeth Field  |  Last updated 8/13/13
Defensive Line The Players-Ends Jake Snyder, SR Stephen Lawe, JR Eli Harold, SO Trent Corney, SO Marco Jones, SO Michael Moore, SO The Players-Tackles Brent Urban, SR David Dean, SO Greg Gallop, JR Andre Miles-Redmond, RS FR Donte Wilkins, FR Tyrell Chavis, FR The Skinny As with most of the defense, it will be a completely different philosophy when it comes to how Tenuta will execute the 4-3 and it all begins up front. While it is a relatively young line, Jake Snyder and Brent Urban will be looked to provide the leadership in the front 4. But, Virginia is not talent devoid, with 2nd years Mike Moore, David Dean, and Eli Harold playing huge roles and rookies Donte Wilkins and Tyrell Chavis looking to insert themselves as playmakers. Stopping the run will be the first key for this group, but look for a lot of stunts coming during the passing game. The Depth Now technically the starters will be listed as Snyder and Harold at the ends and Urban and Dean at the tackles, but London loves to have a 3-to-4 man rotation, so the 2nd team of Moore/Corney and Gallop/AMR will get plenty of playing time. The X-Factor Donte Wilkins and Tyrell Chavis. The two 1st years have had a great fall and could bump into the 2-deep by season’s end. In a need slot like DT, depth will be important, and when we are talking about 3rd stringers making an impact would be huge. Linebackers The Players- Sam (Strongside) Demeitre Brim, SO Mark Hall, RS FR The Players- Mike (Middle) Henry Coley, JR Kwontie Moore, SO The Players- Will (Weakside) Daquan Romero, JR D.J. Hill, JR The Skinny Hoos lost a lot at linebacker with Reynolds and Greer. On top of that, Virginia was not very deep at LB to begin with. Daquan Romero is the only returning starter and Henry Coley the next most experienced, but past that it will be a lot of breaking in. While there is some talent, it will be interesting to see how this line holds up all season. London has not been one to rotate in linebackers like he does with the DL, so it will take a special effort from the 2nd team to do as much blitzing as required of them. The Depth Locked in is Romero and Coley with Moore and Hill being their backups, respectively. One of the last remaining camp battles is between Brim and Hall at Sam Linebacker. One day it’s Brim, one day it’s Hall. Either way, they will both see the field. X-Factor Kwontie Moore. With all the hype next to Harold and Moore in the 2012 class, he has yet to get going on the field. This could be an important season to see if can man the middle in the future. Secondary The Players-Corners Demetrious Nicholson, JR DreQuan Hoskey, JR Maurice Canady, SO Wilfred Wahee, RS FR C.J. Moore, RS FR Divante Walker, RS FR Tim Harris, FR Kirk Garner, FR The Players-Strong Safety Anthony Harris, JR Kyrrel Latimer, SO Darius Lee, SO Kelvin Rainey, RS FR Malcolm Cook, FR The Players-Free Safety Rijo Walker, SR Brandon Phelps, JR Anthony Cooper, SO Mason Thomas, SO The Skinny Last year, Virginia was 118th in interceptions with 4. FOUR. This season, the secondary will look to do two things: create more turnovers and create havoc in the backfield. Yes, part of Tunuta’s blitz heavy scheme involves the back line, especially the safeties. Nicholson has been starting since he first arrived in Charlottesville and will lead a young, battle tested group of players. Still, just like the wide receiving core, there are a ton of players vying for some PT with limited spots, so the competition should push this group to continue to grow. The Depth Deep Breath. Nicholson, Hoskey, Harris, and Phelps should be the starters. Wahee, Canady, Rainey, Walker are among the 2nd team, but some of them will break into the starters come nickel-and-dime sets. Even the 3rd team with Garner, Harris, Thomas, and Cook have a ton of playmaking ability. The X-Factor Wahee. I just can’t stop talking about the super 2nd year defensive players. Wahee was not the biggest recruit in that class, but London has found some more than serviceable under-the-radar corners and Wilfred has already moved into the 2nd team behind Nicholson. With Hoskey and Canady pushing for 1st team jobs, having an heir apparent on the other side is very useful. 
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