Bud Foster and the Virginia Tech defense is dealing with a lot of losses to graduation and the NFL draft this offseason, and possibly none sting more than the departures of Greg Stroman and Brandon Facyson.
The pair helped make up a cornerback group that held opponents to just a 48.6 percent completion rate, which was best in the ACC. Now, both will move on with dreams of playing in the NFL, but the Hokies have no plans on masking their departure.
They’re still going to play the same man-to-man coverage that has been a staple of the Virginia Tech defense. Simply put, they’ll challenge wide receivers.
“We’re going to ask our corners to do exactly what Greg Stroman and Brandon Facyson and Kendall Fuller and all those guys before them have done,” Virginia Tech cornerbacks coach Brian Mitchell said, according to Mike Barber of the Richmond Times-Dispatch. “And that’s to go out there and challenge wide receivers day in and day out.”
The unit isn’t whole yet, 4-star JUCO cornerback Jeremy Webb won’t be on campus until the summer and he’s expected to compete for a starting role. Meanwhile, Caleb Farley transitioned back from wide receiver at the beginning of spring.
It will be trial by fire for this fresh-faced group. And even if they can’t replace what was lost this offseason, they won’t have the luxury of being hidden either.