Two Virginia Tech football players who had seen their names drop down the depth chart have decided to leave the program. Linebacker Nick Dew and safety Theron Norman are no longer with the Hokies and will seek a transfer elsewhere, a school official confirmed Wednesday afternoon.

Neither were expected to have major roles outside of special teams next season, but both chose Virginia Tech over a bevy of other scholarship offers during the recruiting process.

Dew, who would have been a redshirt sophomore next season, was the more highly touted of the two. A four-star recruit and one of the top 15 safeties in the country in 2010, according to, Dew never could grasp the whip linebacker position in defensive coordinator Bud Foster’s scheme.

Last season, when linebackers Jeron Gouveia-Winslow and Alonzo Tweedy both missed action because of injury, Foster opted to play more nickel coverage rather than relying on Dew extensively. He finished the year with seven tackles and got on the field for just 29 defensive snaps.

This past spring, redshirt freshman Ronny Vandyke (South County) moved ahead of Dew on the depth chart.

Norman, who would have also been a redshirt sophomore, came to Virginia Tech after spending a semester at Hargrave Military Academy in 2009. A three-star recruit from Richmond, Norman missed time the past two seasons with a shoulder injury and fell to third on the strong safety depth chart behind Kyshoen Jarrett and Boye Aromire this spring.