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With 13 days left until the Virginia Tech Hokies face the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, we turn our attention to #13 on roster Mr. Boye Aromire. As it stands today, Aromire is the backup at free safety behind starter Detrick Bonner. That’s a bit of a change from this spring where the Washington D.C. native saw most of his snaps at Rover. However, since those two positions are so similar now, the change is almost non-existent. The only additional role the free safety has is it’s his job to make sure everybody is aligned properly.
Weight: 196 lbs
Position: Free Safety
High School: H.D. Woodson High School
How Did He Get Here?
Listed as a Super Prep All-American, Aromire finished up his final season at H.D. Woodson with 66 tackles, four interceptions, and eight pass breakups. That was good enough to earn him a spot on the 2nd team All-Met team by the Washington Post. Aromire committed to the Hokies on June 18th, 2009 over offers from West Virginia, Maryland, UNC, Illinois, Buffalo, and FIU.
2011 Season Rewind
Aromire saw most of his playing time on special teams last season, finishing with four total tackles. Overall, Aromire was able to travel with the team and slowly get his feet wet on special teams. I would have liked to have seen him play more at rover but there wasn’t many opportunities for him to get in the game, especially later on in the season.
Now that we’re through two full weeks of practice, I feel much better about our depth at safety than I did in the spring. I really commend Michael Cole, who we’ll talk about in 11 days, and Aromire for putting in a good amount of work this off-season. They took their summer preparation seriously and it’s showed so far this fall.
There will probably come a point this season where we have to shift around our secondary because of an injury. So, it’s important that some of the backups take their roles seriously because they’re number could be called upon at any time. I have a lot of trust in Aromire. He’s a good athlete, a good tackler, and he has enough closing speed to be an effective coverage option. Really, he just needs to play some in an actual game where the game is still in-doubt. Once he gets the experience, I think you’ll see Aromire blossom into a potential starting caliber safety.
Completely Made Up Fact
There’s been a lot of talk on how to pronounce Adeboye Aromire’s name. It’s actually pronounced Barack Obama.
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