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While offseason workouts have entered full swing at Virginia Tech, defensive end Zion DeBose announced that he has entered the transfer portal.
DeBose had 6 tackles including 1 sack after playing in 4 games this past season. He finished his Virginia Tech career with 13 tackles including 1.5 for loss (1 sack) and will have two years of eligibility remaining.
DeBose leaving opens up the defensive end depth chart some behind the current projected starting duo of Amare Barno and Emmanuel Belmar with TyJuan Garbutt and Robert Wooten looking like potential frontrunners to claim the backup jobs. Both Garbutt and Wooten could also push Belmar especially Garbutt who was gone from the team for the early part of the season due some personal matters. Jaylen Griffin, Eli Adams, Alec Bryant, and Justin Beadles should also factor in for the playing time battle behind Barno and Belmar.
His departure does open up a scholarship for a transfer addition in the short term and depending on how many years of eligibility that player has, potentially creates some more room for the 2022 class. Tech could also hold that scholarship with a focus on the 2022 class especially since the NCAA has done nothing to counter the current numbers crunch due to the free year provision for this past season.