Posted: 12:35 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19, 2013
.@CoachMikeLondon announces during media teleconference that redshirt freshman SS Will Wahee is out for the season due to a knee injury.— Virginia Football (@UVa_Football) August 19, 2013
Originally slotted at S, Wahee had moved to CB during the spring and really impressed the coaching staff. The redshirt freshman had moved up onto the 2-deep and was in line for reps as the 4th CB. Just 175 pounds or so when he arrived in Charlottesville, Wahee needed to work hard in the weight room in order to put on enough muscle to be able to compete with bigger WRs.
With Wahee out for the season, the door is open for true freshman CBs Kirk Garner and Tim Harris. Garner, in particular, has been impressive in spring practice, making plays on the ball and providing good coverage. Harris is a highly touted prospect who, at 6'2" tall, gives a different sort of look than most of the CBs on the roster. Harris, however, has dealt with some minor injuries during camp, and may not be quite ready when the season begins in 2 weeks.
Right now, the CB depth chart probably looks a bit like this:
CB1: Demetrious Nicholson, Divante Walker, Kirk Garner
CB2: Drequan Hoskey, Maurice Canady, Tim Harris
Canady and Hoskey are basically co-starters, and one of them will be the first CB off the bench and will come in for nickel packages. In the nickel, Hoskey would move inside and Canady will play on the outside.
Moore and Garner are competing to be Nicholson's backup. Once again, Canady/Hoskey would be the primary backup. The winner of the Moore/Garner competition would only come in for nickel packages should Nicholson be unavailable. Rijo Walker could also potentially play some CB in a pinch.