Strategy Session 2014: DL and LBs

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UVa released its pre-spring roster last week. Before I tackle the class of 2014 recruiting needs for the defensive line and linebacker positions, let’s take a look at some notable developments from last week’s release.

– Defensive end Courtnye Wynn , who would have been a red-shirt freshman this coming season, is no longer on the team. With Wynn gone, I expect incoming freshmen Max Valles to start out his Cavalier career at defensive end instead of tight end. Rising junior Zach Swanson’s move back to tight end from fullback opens the door for Valles to play defense.

– Rising sophomore Trent Corney is now listed at defensive end.

– Rising sophomore Vincent Croce has officially been moved from defensive tackle to fullback. He is currently the only scholarship fullback projected on the 2014 season roster, though that could change if incoming freshman Connor Wingo-Reeves ends up there as well. Wingo-Reeves was listed as a linebacker on Signing Day, but at last check he wasn’t sure which side of the ball he would end up on.

– Offensive linemen switch around often, but rising sophomore Ross Burbank is now listed as a guard instead of center (I suspect there is a good chance he switches back once Bowanko departs after this season, unless another player shows well.). Rising red-shirt freshman Sean Karl is now listed at guard. Rising sophomore Kelby Johnson remains suspended indefinitely, but presumably there is a chance he returns.

– LaChaston Smith, who enrolled at UVa this past January, will start out his Cavalier career at outside linebacker. Not a real surprise there. Also not surprising is rising junior Henry Coley ‘s move back to middle linebacker. Coley and Kwontie Moore , a rising sophomore, are the only two players with any experience at the inside spot heading into next season.