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With 33 days left until Virginia Tech takes the field against Appalachian State, we turn our attention to number 33 on the roster, Mr. Chris Drager. Drager started his career at tight end then moved to defensive end only to end back up at tight end here in his senior season. For that, Drager should be commended for being a total team player throughout his career. Now in his final season, Drager needs to transform into that solid receiving threat at tight end that the Hokies are used to having. With a new quarterback under center, having a trustworthy safety valve that Logan can throw the ball too would help this offense tremendously.
Weight: 256 lbs
Position: Tight End
High School: Thomas Jefferson High School
How Did He Get Here
The 2007 recruiting class feels like forever ago but Drager was another one of Tech’s summer commitments that year, committing to the Hokies on July 9th, 2006. While he wasn’t highly rated, being just a 5.7 three star on Rivals.com, Drager did receive offers from Pitt, West Virginia, Stanford, Cincinnati, Maryland, USF, and Vanderbilt. However, with Tech having a need at tight end for the future, they were able to wrap him up after a visit to Blacksburg in June.
The 2010 year was an overall good year for the Pennsylvania native as he finished the season with 34 tackles, six tackles for loss, and two sacks. Still, it’s hard not to notice the lack of production from the weakside defensive end over the past few seasons. Drager has done everything that has been asked of him but it’s clear that having him switch back over to offense was a good move for every party involved. Drager is simply a better offensive player at this point in his career.
For some reason, the Hokies have gone through a severe talent drain at tight end recently, causing the Hokies to have a move a few players to that position in recent years. Drager switched back over to tight end this spring and is the odds on favorite to win the starting job this fall. He’ll still compete with the likes of Eric Martin and Randall Dunn but it will be tough for either of those two to unseat the senior from his spot atop the depth chart.
Drager, in a way, is a throwback style tight end to the early days of the Bryan Stinespring era here at Virginia Tech. Our last few players at the position have been glorified offensive linemen who just simply happen to be athletic enough to catch passes. Andre Smith (6’5” 270 lbs) and Greg Boone (6’3” 280 lbs on a good day) come to mind. Drager is smaller and more compact at just 6’3” and 256 pounds. Still, he should prove to be a solid threat in the passing game, especially as the season goes along. As long as he proves to be an adequate blocker as well, Drager should do just fine this season.
Named to the 2010-2011 Academic Honor Roll. As much as I like seeing our guys succeed on the field, it’s nice to know that we have some pretty high character and intelligent guys off of it. Props big guy!
Suffering multiple concussions last season. With Chris moving back to tight end, his past history of concussions is worrisome, especially since he’ll be taking punishment instead of doling it out on the defensive side of the ball.
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There's a nose joke in here somewhere seeing that Drager did break his nose last season.
Completely made up fact
Thanks to The Key Play's coining of the term “Dragerbomb”, whenever Drager catches a pass this year, you must do one shot of Jaeger.
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