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Drager still a Hokie starter — on the other side of the ball

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Last season, Chris Drager started 11 games at defensive end for Virginia Tech.

This season, the senior will return to his old positional home.

Due to a lack of experience and quality depth at the position, Drager will move back over to the offensive side of the ball in 2011 and play tight end.  Drager was recruited as a TE and played that position for his first two years in Blacksburg, but played defensive line the past two seasons.

The situation really dictated us moving Chris back to tight end,” offensive coordinator Bryan Stinespring said. “Believe me, I’m glad to have him back.

“Talk about a guy who is all about the team. He never complained when we moved him to defensive end. And he’s not complaining now. Whatever it takes, he’s willing to do it. You’ve got to love Chris Drager.”

Drager echoed the team theme his coordinator spoke of, and even stated that he’s a better fit for his new/old position.

“I’ve always been a team player,” Drager said. “I feel athletically that I’m more suited for tight end. I moved to tight end because the team needed somebody there. I’ve always been about doing what it takes for the team to be better.”

As a backup TE, Drager caught five passes for 60 yards.  As a DE, Drager totaled 4.5 sacks, 12.5 tackles for loss and 24 quarterback hurries, including a team-high 20 last season.

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