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With 20 days left until Virginia Tech takes the field against Appalachian State, we turn our attention to number 20 on roster, Mr. Jayron Hosley. The junior is coming off a record-tying season as he finished the 2010 campaign with nine interceptions. However, Hosley will move over to boundary corner this fall where interceptions will be much harder to come by. Still, with Hosley one-on-one on the short side of the field and talented youngster Kyle Fuller manning the wide side of the filed, Tech fans should be licking there chops at the potential this duo has.
Weight: 170 lbs
High School: Atlantic High School
How Did He Get Here
The Hokies don’t often get Signing Day surprises but the coaches certainly pulled one of their magic lunchpail back in the 2009 class. Hosley was down to Virginia Tech and USF before visiting Tech a week before NSD. He wound up choosing the Hokies. Jayron might go down as the best player to ever commit to Tech on National Signing Day.
The Florida native had himself a season in 2010. Hosley tied the school record with nine interceptions and did that all while missing the ECU game. That one game suspension really turned not only Hosley’s career around but turned this Hokie defense around. While this group wasn’t great last year, Hosley and this secondary really become the strength of this defense after the Central Michigan game.
The only question mark surrounding Hosley entering this 2011 season is how he’ll do at boundary cornerback. His first two seasons here was spent at field corner where he could drift downfield and read the eyes of the quarterback. Now, he’ll be matched up in a lot more one-on-one situations this fall. Despite that, I do think Hosley has the potential to be an outstanding boundary corner and an All-American at the end of the season.
While the Florida native will certainly be a key member of this defense, I’m excited to watch him in the return game as well. Normally, it takes a year or two to master returning kicks at the college level and with 2011 being Hosley’s third year as a punt returner, needless to say I’m expecting a touchdown or two out of him this fall. Hosley could also return kickoffs as well if David Wilson or Dyrell Roberts gets hurt (knock on wood) or needs a breather for any reason.
Too many to list but this video does a good job of showing them all.
That one game suspension might have cost him the interception record so I think that would probably be his lowest of lows.
Completely made up fact
After his recent trip to Hollywood to film a bit on ESPN’s Sports Science, Jayron is now fielding calls from the people at A&E. They are interested in him starring in a show called the “QB Whisperer”
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