2008 Football Review: The Defense

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Last week we looked at the 2008 season of the Virginia Tech offense. Today,
we’ll switch sides and look at Bud Foster’s defense, which had another
tremendous season. Despite losing so many key players from the 2007 team, the
Hokies once again finished in the Top 10 in total defense, coming in at #7.
That’s the fifth year in a row they have accomplished that feat.

Overall

The Tech defense didn’t start off well in 2008. They lost seven starters from
the 2007 team, and two of their returning starters were moving to different
positions. In addition, Macho Harris missed the ECU game with an injury,
starting whip linebacker Cam Martin played through a painful knee injury all
year, Jason Worilds played with basically one arm due to a shoulder injury, and
starting rover Davon Morgan was lost for the season during the Nebraska game.

However, the defense kept improving week by week. By the end of the season,
they were dominant, as usual.

2008
Virginia Tech Defense
Category Stat National
Rank

Rushing
104.43 ypg 14

Passing
175 ypg 16

Total
279.43 ypg 7

Scoring
16.71 ppg 9
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