Hok­ies, Fos­ter need young lineback­ers to step up

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - By Mike Bar­ber Rich­mond Times-Dis­patch

Their seats in the meet­ing room. Their po­si­tions on the foot­ball field. to me in An­drew’s spot — not hav­ing those guys to re­ally lean on.”

The Hok­ies’ start­ing lineback­ers from last year’s 9-4 team are gone, as are their back­ups. Ed­munds left school early to turn pro and Mo­tu­a­puaka, a three-year starter

was a se­nior, as were back­ups Sean Huel­skamp and Anthony She­gog.

A fifth linebacker, Ta­vante Beck­ett, was dis­missed last Septem­ber af­ter a drug ar­rest. That leaves Rivers and Ashby as the most ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers in a young and untested group. “I don’t know if we had to

many,” said Tech’s

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