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Virginia Tech football: Reggie Floyd’s emergence a positive for Hokies’ secondary

Sophomore Reggie Floyd barely played as a freshman last fall.

Virginia Tech DB Reggie Floyd

All offseason, people hyped Virginia Tech’s secondary. The Hokies had three potential future NFL corners in Brandon Facyson, Greg Stroman and Adonis Alexander. At safety (and whip linebacker), there’s Terrell Edmunds, Mook Reynolds and everyone’s favorite freshman sensation, Devon Hunter. Just another typical year for ‘DBU,’ right?

Well, this secondary does possess extraordinary talent and experience. However, for all of the talk about Hunter coming in and becoming VT’s starting rover, people are forgetting the name of Reggie Floyd.

Who, you ask?

Floyd, a 6’0”, 218-pound sophomore from Manassas, Virginia, is probably the least-heralded member of Virginia Tech’s secondary. But don’t let that fool you. Coaches know all about Floyd. As a freshman last fall, Floyd appeared in 12 games with little impact. That will change in 2017.

In discussing Hunter in fall camp, defensive coordinator Bud Foster praised Floyd. He gushed over Hunter and his potential, comparing him to Hokie great Kam Chancellor, however, continued to say Floyd is his starter at rover right now. Foster is impressed with Floyd’s knowledge of the defense and he also happens to be a big hitter. He possesses the ability to be strong in run support, too, an important element of playing the rover position.

“I do like where Reggie Floyd ended up in spring practice,” Foster said, per Chase Parker of the Collegiate Times.

Is it lip-service, or is Foster serious about Floyd’s role this fall? Time will certainly tell.

The Hokies have always done a good job of tweaking the roles of their defensive backs to better help the team. If you’re talented and know your assignments, you’ll play. So Hunter will have a major role, and that may not come at the expense of Floyd. And that happens to be a great problem for the Hokies.