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Virginia Tech's Virgil next in line at boundary corner

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

BLACKSBURG, Va. -- One of the players worth watching the most on Virginia Tech's roster has attended spring practices the least.

Stephan Virgil, who has been tasked with replacing standout cornerback Victor "Macho" Harris, has had a class conflict this spring, which has allowed him to only attend the Saturday sessions. Virgil is the latest in a long line of Virginia Tech defensive backs to make the move from field corner, where players can sort of "hide," to boundary corner, a key position that usually features the Hokies' top defender.

Brandon Flowers made the move, as did DeAngelo Hall, Jimmy Williams and Harris. Virgil started all 14 games at field corner last year and tied for the team lead with six interceptions. He had 31 tackles and 12 assists, and also blocked a kick and forced a fumble.

While it won't be a dramatic change, more leadership will be expected of Vigil, as whoever starts at that position must be a lockdown corner who can tackle and help with run support.

"I think Stephan is ready for that," defensive coordinator Bud Foster said. "When we do that, it's almost like giving them a fifth star, being a five-star general. All of a sudden they've kind of arrived. But there's a lot of responsibility at that position. He can be a pretty special football player. Unfortunately, he's only practiced a couple days this spring. Even though it's the same type of position, there are some subtle differences he needs to get exposed to maybe a little more than what he did at field corner, but he'll have plenty of time to make that up in the fall."