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Aside from 2017 we haven't had that kind of talent on D since 2010


You talk about a team full of all ACC talent, which is what we had in 2017 but the years before then were lean. Not quite as lean as last year, but given we were playing record numbers of freshmen I do think they'll improve.

VT has historically had success because the sum is greater than it's parts, that's what happens when you suck at recruiting like we do and always have.

You talk about 5 star difference makers, here's my list of guys like that who can single-handedly change a game:

- Tim Settle in '17
- Tremaine Edmunds in '16-'17
- Kendall Fuller in '13-'14 (non-factor his Junior year)
- Greg Stroman in '17
- Dadi Nicolas in '14 (not really in '15)
- Kyle Fuller in '12
- Jayron Hosley in '11-'12

That's not many (most were in a single year), and it's almost entirely at corner. This is a team that has had great success with low-ranked guys like Baron, Williams, Maddy, Nicolas, Gayle, etc on the dline. Our linebackers, outside of Edmunds have been mediocre on paper to the point where two of our best have been walk-ons in Tyler and Williams.

It hasn't been game breaking talent that sustained success on D the last decade, it's been great coaching and player development. There's little reason to think those capabilities have gone away, so to think the players on D as a whole will get worse this year is out there. I think Dax and Ashby are our best potential LB pair in recent memory, Deablo and Floyd are up there at safety as well. Farley has all the physical tools and the younger corners seem willing to hit. DT is a huge problem but having bodies is more than we had last year. DE we've recruited well, so we'll see how that pans out.

(In response to this post by HokieHoopz)

Posted: 06/10/2019 at 09:56AM



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So from the looks of it on defense -- HokieHoopz 06/10/2019 08:36AM
  Chicken Little the sky is falling..OMG! To help you a bit bud, -- sacramento hokie 06/10/2019 9:37PM
  I am afraid i share your thoughts -- crazylane 06/10/2019 7:11PM
  Oh my darling, oh my darling, oh..... -- rmhokie 06/10/2019 6:33PM
  ...starting to think Ash' is a mo' textbook V.hall---> -- bourbonstreet 06/10/2019 5:36PM
  We are doomed, drink heavily -- fordham 06/10/2019 4:45PM
  You are such a hoo...always a negative post about VT ** -- Scream_On_D 06/10/2019 4:36PM
  I agree, its a Hokie board, its should be pro-Hokies. -- Techsupport 06/10/2019 4:51PM
  We are looking for an Orion Martin -- st_andrew 06/10/2019 1:23PM
  ChucklingOL-----> -- bourbonstreet 06/10/2019 5:39PM
  I sure share your concern re DL -- HokieR 06/10/2019 12:44PM
  You are in dire need of some CBD, son. ** -- YBYSAIAHokie 06/10/2019 11:37AM
  THC? ** -- Guy LeDouche 06/10/2019 12:21PM
  Like the FBI, -- Riverguy 06/10/2019 1:37PM
  "...LDS..." -- bourbonstreet 06/10/2019 5:41PM
  Over the weekend I watched the 2007 FSU @ VT game -- bluehokie 06/10/2019 11:35AM
  Wont need defense when the offense is putting up 70+ -- kingofcassell 06/10/2019 10:35AM
  "When" is that gonna be? ** -- Techsupport 06/10/2019 1:26PM
  Sadly, I think a lot of this is accurate. -- BuffaloTraceHokie 06/10/2019 09:45AM
  Given the .... -- 2hhoop3 06/10/2019 09:17AM
  Dax & Deablo if hecan stay healthy -- hokiepro 06/10/2019 08:54AM

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