|A pair of Virginia Tech players -- outside linebacker Nick Dew and safety Theron Norman -- are no longer on the football team and are expected to transfer, a school spokesman confirmed. No reason was given for their departures.
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Dew was considered one of the top safeties in the country in 2010 coming out of First Colonial High in Virginia Beach. A four-star recruit, he was ranked the No. 201 player nationally by Rivals and the No. 6 player in the state.
But he found playing time hard to come by in Blacksburg. He redshirted in 2010 while working at rover before moving to whip linebacker the next spring. He got on the field in all 14 games last year but mostly on special teams, finishing with seven tackles. Even when injuries took a toll on the whip linebacker spot, the Hokies moved Kyle Fuller from cornerback to handle the role.
Dew was fourth on the whip linebacker depth chart exiting the spring, behind Jeron Gouveia-Winslow, Alonzo Tweedy and converted safety Ronny Vandyke.
Norman, from Hermitage High in Richmond, prepped at Hargrave for a year before joining Virginia Tech in the winter of 2010. He redshirted that first year and played in only three games last season, getting in on 11 snaps on defense.
He was listed as a third-string rover at the end of spring, behind Kyshoen Jarrett and Boye Aromire.