After a hard fought opening victory against NC State, the Hokies return to
the Triangle area to face the Duke Blue Devils. For Tech, this game is about
building on momentum while facing a second consecutive conference road test to
open the season. Itï¿½s also about improvement, focus, and mental sharpness.
For Duke, this game is about rebounding from a tough opening loss to East
Carolina. Itï¿½s also about taking advantage of a potential letdown by a team
coming off an emotional victory and a short week of practice.
Letï¿½s take a look at the keys for the Hokies in this gameï¿½.
Tech Defense vs. Duke Offense
For the second straight week, the Tech defense will be facing off against a
new offensive coordinator in Dukeï¿½s Bill Oï¿½Brien. Oï¿½Brien developed his
offensive philosophies under Ralph Friedgen, originally at Georgia Tech and then
at Maryland. At Duke, he is looking to employ a style and a scheme reminiscent
of the Yellow Jacket teams that featured George Godsey, Joe Burns, and Kelly
Campbell. While he has some talent to work with in Durham, Oï¿½Brien knows that
he has a lot of building to do in order to reach the level he had at Georgia
Oï¿½Brienï¿½s system is predicated on the QB having the flexibility,
intelligence and authority to make a lot of decisions. Expect to see a lot of
formations, motion and shifting by Duke in this game. As usual, look for the
Hokies defense to take away the running game early and force Dukeï¿½s QB, Mike
Schneider, to make a lot of plays. Under Frank Beamer and Bud Foster, itï¿½s a
strategy that has served them well over the years and this game sets up
perfectly for that strategy to be employed once again.
Key #1: Stay Mentally Focused
Techï¿½s defense made some mistakes and missed a lot of tackles last week
against NC State. In this game, itï¿½s critical for the Tech defense to show
improvement in those areas. Tackling has been a focus
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