Hokies CB Jayron Hosley will start vs. Boise State
After missing much of fall training camp because of injuries to both his hamstrings, Virginia Tech sophomore cornerback Jayron Hosley declared himself fit and "ready to go" in advance of Monday night's game against No. 3 Boise State. Hosley will play field cornerback opposite fifth-year senior Rashad Carmichael.
Hosley said the coaching staff informed him he would get the start, but would split time with redshirt junior Cris Hill on a two series-to-one basis. Secondary coach Torrian Gray confirmed the arrangement but said he wanted to watch Wednesday's practice film before giving his final judgment.
“I’m hoping [Wednesday] will be the first day that he’s practiced all fall camp that just looking at him from a body-language standpoint, he’s not pulling up his leg or touching his hamstring like there’s something still lingering there," said Gray. "I’m anxious to see after a deep throw if he’s laboring."
Hosley is not physically imposing at 5 feet 11 and 170 pounds, but his natural talent has impressed coaches since he arrived on campus. The Delray Beach, Fla., native was the Hokies' main punt returner a year ago, and this season, the hope is Hosley can be a playmaker in the secondary.
“I got a lot of reps in the spring even though I didn’t get a lot in the [fall] camp," said Hosley, who participated in last Saturday's scrimmage and has practiced the entire week. "I’m feeling good, I’m confident to the point, where I can play more comfortably, more focused. ... I feel like I got enough work to do what I gotta do.”
As for Hill, Gray said splitting time with Hosley is a reward for the strong fall camp he had taking much of the first-team reps. The plan Monday, and possibly for the entire season, is to rotate the two depending on who's playing best.
“If both guys are playing well, you’d like to keep both of them motivated, pushing each other, both of them going," Gray said. "But if there’s one guy making plays or a play I think should have been made that maybe the other guy makes, all those things get altered by that.”
September 2, 2010; 9:18 AM ET
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