Hokies DE Drager moves to offense

Hokies DE Drager moves to offense
March 25, 2011, 4:51 pm
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Friday, March 25, 2011 1:00 p. m.
By Rich Tandler
Staff Writer
Virginia Tech football team has decided to rob Peter to pay Paul. Or, more specifically, they are taking from Bud to help Bryan. Senior defensive end Chris Drager, who started 11 games last year, is being moved to tight end. There, he will help Bryan Stinesprings offense recover from the graduation of last years starter at tight end, Andre Smith. Drager, who caught five passes for 60 yards as a backup tight end in 2007, will move into the starting job. "I've always been a team player,'' Drager told the Roanoke Times. "I feel athletically that I'm more suited for tight end. I moved to tight end because the team needed somebody there. I've always been about doing what it takes for the team to be better.'' Thats great for the offense but it does create an additional hole on Bud Fosters defense. The Hokies already have two holes on their defensive line created by the departures of end Steven Friday and tackle John Graves, both of whom are serious NFL draft prospects, to graduation. The good news for Foster and defensive line coach Charley Wiles is that tackle Kwamaine Battle will be back after missing most of last season after tearing his ACL in the second game. Battle is likely to start alongside junior Antoine Hopkins, last years starter at tackle. Sophomore J. R. Collins will be in the mix there as well. There will be some wide-open competition at end with redshirt freshmen Zack McCray and Duan Perez-Means and senior Quillie Odom, who had been at linebacker, vying for playing time.You can reach Rich Tandler by email at RTandlerCSN@comcast.net.