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D.J. Coles could redshirt for Virginia Tech

The issue of whether running back David Wilson will redshirt isn't the only such question for Virginia Tech on the offensive side of the ball. Wide receiver D.J. Coles, who will be a sophomore next fall, will also be in the same position.

Kevin Sherman, the Hokies' wide receivers coach, has "briefly spoken" with Coles about the prospect of redshirting in the fall, but there may be no decision on his status until August, according to Bryan Stinespring, the Hokies' offensive coordinator.

"You ask a legitimate question but those questions probably won't be answered until after spring and might not be answered until after August," Stinespring said Tuesday in a telephone interview. "The part of the equation you can't account for is depth is like the stock market. It’s a constantly changing event."

Virginia Tech has an overflow of talent at wide receiver, with starters Jarrett Boykin, Dyrell Roberts and Danny Coale all figuring to play leading roles. The Hokies could also receive a boost from Marcus Davis and Xavier Boyce, both of whom are said to be progressing nicely in their roles.

At the start of spring practice, Coles was listed tied for third split end on the depth chart with Boyce.

Last fall, Coles was just one of three true freshman to see playing time. But like Wilson at running back, who also did not redshirt, Coles used very sparingly. Coles played 14 offensive snaps in 2009 and saw most of his action on special teams.

A running back in high school, Coles, who is 6 feet 3 and 222 pounds, was considered a better wide receiver prospect during his recruitment because of his size and speed. Whether Coles will be a factor as a wide receiver in 2010, though, is uncertain as Virginia Tech's coaches weigh whether he will take a redshirt year.

"There are those possibilities, legitimate questions and certainly something that will be throwing around at the appropriate time and necessary time," Stinespring said. "What he’s been told is he needs to have a great spring."

By Mark Viera  |  April 14, 2010; 11:00 AM ET
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