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Manning will see time as the top backup at corner, and he got a jump start on his preparation by enrolling in the spring and going through spring practice with Tech.

“I feel like he’s a step ahead of the other freshmen right now,” Bonner said.

Still, if there were an injury to Fuller or Exum, Gray said Tech would more likely move Bonner back to corner than start Manning.

It’s a move Bonner said he’s ready to make at a moment’s notice, saying he hasn’t forgotten any of his assignments from cornerback.

“It’s fine. I got it all,” said Bonner, who bulked up this offseason to play safety. “It stays. I can move just like that.”

Gray, in his seventh season on the Tech staff, said if he has to play true freshmen in the secondary this year, the Hokies will have to scale back their defensive play calls.

“We can really simplify it for you if we need to,” Gray said. “But the more true freshmen you play, the more games you’re going to lose. That’s just the reality of it.”


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