Our five-day postseason awards and player rankings begins today as we kick off our countdown of the top 10 players for Virginia Tech this past season at #10 with arguably the best player in a defensive back group that exceeded all expectations.
Coming in at #10 on our list is Virginia Tech rover Terrell Edmunds.
Last spring, Virginia Tech made a change that surprised many including myself as they moved Adonis Alexander outside to cornerback and put Terrell Edmunds at cornerback. The move seemed like a big risk that likely would be reversed but it never was with Alexander proving to be a solid cornerback for the Hokies this past season with plenty of room to develop.
However, Virginia Tech’s change at rover proved to be a home run.
Terrell Edmunds proved to be a great fit at rover and thrived this past fall at his new position with a big season as he had 89 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, 4 interceptions, 3 pass breakups, and 1 fumble recovery while also being named to ESPN’s All-ACC Team. Edmunds also stepped up in some big games with some big performances including 7 tackles and an interception that was one of the plays of the year for Virginia Tech against Miami while also having 12 tackles including a tackle for loss against Clemson and having 10 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, and 1 pass breakup at Pittsburgh.
Edmunds was a playmaker all over the field and was capable in just about any role whether it was him being brought into the box for run defense or whether Bud Foster used him in pass coverage in zone or in man. Edmunds’s time at cornerback proved useful as Foster could rely on him to play quality man coverage while his ball skills and awareness showed a lot this year especially with his incredible interception against Miami.
Edmunds will likely received some Preseason All-ACC votes before the 2017 season while also having a chance to make the Preseason All-ACC Team with his brother Tremaine who seems very likely to make that team. Terrell Edmunds has a bright future ahead of him that definitely involves a future at the next level while both Terrell and Tremaine could definitely end up being All-ACC First or Second Team selections after next season.
What is clear is that moving Terrell Edmunds was the right choice as the middle Edmunds brother has proven that he can do it all from playing in the box and stopping running backs to being sent into pass coverage in man or zone and making some big plays plus forcing his fair share of turnovers. After his strong 2016 performance, Terrell Edmunds is the new face of Virginia Tech’s secondary along with being a leader in the heart of it at the rover spot.