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Inside Dorian Strong's Return to Virginia Tech and What His 2024 Role May Look Like

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There were plenty of players that Virginia Tech was excited to see choose a return to Blacksburg over going to the NFL. One player who was certainly near or at the top of that list was All-ACC CB Dorian Strong, who was one of the best lockdown cornerbacks in America last season.

Strong shined with 25 tackles including 0.5 for loss plus three interceptions and eight pass breakups on his way to earning All-American Second Team honors from the Action Network and All-ACC Third Team honors, being snubbed from the All-ACC First Team.

The advanced numbers were even better for Strong as he played 657 snaps during the regular season, allowing only 9 completions on a low 32 targets even allowed his way. His opposing completion percentage of 28.1% was the best of any cornerback who had at least 300 snaps this season per Pro Football Focus.

That had many thinking that the Maryland native would be NFL-bound coming off the best year of his career and having already spent four years in college (with two years of eligibility still remaining).

However, Strong chose to return to Blacksburg to give Tech one of the best CB duos in the country with Mansoor Delane. Recently, CBs coach Derek Jones shared some insights on the process that led to Strong's return from Jones' perspective...

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