Virginia Tech has lost its best defensive player before the calendar has made it to August. ESPN’s Adam Schefter was the first to report that Farley will forgo his junior season to prepare for the 2021 NFL Draft.
Farley garnered third-team All-American honors last season by producing 20 tackles, four interceptions, one pick-six, 12 passes broken up and one QB hurry. The Hokies went 8-3 when Farley was healthy last year, losing 39-30 at Virginia and 37-30 to Kentucky in the Belk Bowl without him.
“I’m opting out due to uncertain health conditions and regulations, and all the other opt-outs going on in football right now,” Farley said in a video that you can see below.
As a freshman in 2018, Farley recorded 36 tackles, seven PBU, one sack, one QB hurry and two interceptions.
Phil Steele’s preseason magazine lists Farley as the No. 1 cornerback available in the 2021 NFL Draft. Farley is a preseason third-team All-American CB in Steele’s magazine.
247Sports ranked Farley at No. 16 in its rankings of the best players in all of college football.
Virginia Tech finished last year with an 8-5 straight-up record and a 6-7 against-the-spread mark. Without Farley, the Hokies return eight starters on offense and nine on defense.
Former Va. Tech linebacker Justin Hamilton has replaced legendary defensive coordinator Bud Foster, who retired at the end of the 2019 campaign.
DraftKings has the Hokies with 150/1 odds to win the College Football Playoff.