Virginia Tech sophomore LB Dylan Rivers embraces role as Tremaine Edmunds replacement

Virginia Tech linebacker Tremaine Edmunds left a huge hole in the middle of the Hokies defense with his early departure to the NFL this offseason. But sophomore linebacker Dylan Rivers is more than ready for the challenge.

“At first it was rough, extremely rough,” Rivers said according to Mike Barber of The Richmond Times-Dispatch on Thursday. “I feel like I’ve made tremendous strides.”

Rivers shared a lot of thoughts, even referring back to why he chose to play at Virginia Tech instead of Penn State, while meeting with the media Thursday afternoon.

The more comfortable Rivers is this season the better for the Hokies. Rivers will take the place of Edmunds, who made first-team All ACC and will likely be a top 10 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

It’s unrealistic to suggest a seamless transition, but it’s important to note that Rivers was actually a more highly regarded player coming out of high school.

Rivers arrived in Blacksburg, picking Virginia Tech over Penn State, as a 4-star recruit, and the third-highest rated prospect in the Hokies’ 2017 class. Edmunds developed into a start after 247Sports classified him as a 3-star prospect.

Edmunds is a major loss, but Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster has turned out elite defenses for years. The Hokies have been ranked outside the top 5 in total defense in the ACC just once since 2011.

Foster should keep the Virginia Tech defense playing at a high level, but the Hokies hope Rivers’ play can keep the unit elite and make the difference in the Coastal Division.

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