An offseason with seemingly below-average attrition is starting to ramp up to regular levels for the Hokies. The Roanoake Times's Andy Bitter reports that linebacker Eron Carter, a redshirt freshman linebacker, has left the team, along with walk-ons Wright Bynum and Tre Hubbard. Bynum was VT's primary holder on field goals last season, while Hubbard is also a linebacker.
With the departure, the Hokies are well below the NCAA-mandated maximum of 85 scholarship players for the Fall, even after they add Ohio State transfer James Clark to the mix after his graduation from the Buckeyes' track team. Walk-ons Joey Slye and C.J. Carroll, starting kicker and receiver, respectively, have already been placed on scholarship, while it's likely that running back Steven Peoples, who was VT's ninth-leading rusher and should take on a bigger role with six of those ahead of him departing, will also be placed on scholarship.
The linebacker depth chart is well-stocked, even with the departures of Carter and Hubbard. Starters Andrew Motuapuaka and Tremaine Edmunds will be a redshirt senior and a junior, respectively, this Fall (starting Whip Mook Reynolds is a hybrid defensive back, meaning VT starts only two true linebackers). There are six scholarship backups available as well, plus walk-on Sean Huelskamp, who has contributed significantly in the past.