Kyle Chung Over Tyrell Smith at RTThis was the biggest surprises from yesterday's depth chart reveal with senior Kyle Chung being named the starting right tackle over Tyrell Smith. Most expected that Smith would be the starter and that if he wasn't, it would be Parker Osterloh. However, Chung has pulled the surprised and, at least for the first week, will be the starting right tackle. Justin Fuente had this to say on Kyle Chung earning the starting right tackle job.
Chung's athleticism has been something that has been constantly praised throughout his time in Blacksburg. Chung also has lots of experience all over the offensive line and should have the versatility to move outside. Chung is undersized for a right tackle at 6'3'' but, at least in the eyes of Vance Vice, he has made up for his lack of size with his athleticism and blocking skills. However, it's also clear that Chung will have to play well in order to keep that job especially as Tyrell Smith gets fully healthy. Fuente said that he wasn't down on Tyrell Smith at all, but it's likely that Smith's minor injuries helped open the door for Chung to win the job. Smith likely will be one of the Hokies' top backups to start the season with the versatility to work all over the line but if Chung struggles early, Smith will be ready to take over. Smith is also still in position to be the Hokies' future starting right tackle with Chung and Parker Osterloh graduating after this season and D'Andre Plantin appearing to work more at guard than tackle now. However, Smith will look to take Kyle Chung's starting job away but the senior will definitely put in the work to hold on to the first starting role of his career. [amazon_link asins='B013A0UU1K,B01FZT3MQO,B0198KBYBQ,B005EGV9UA,B01MV4DFBM,B01N4WZ4VA' template='ProductCarousel' store='techlunchpail-20' marketplace='US' link_id='eb49bba5-8cd5-11e7-ada5-ed7decbb241f']
"We moved Kyle [Chung] out there and he’s always been an athletic guy for us and really took to it pretty well." - Fuente on Kyle Chung (August 28th)