Raleigh Hokie: A Highly Anticipated Season

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Raleigh Hokie has seen both open scrimmages in the month of August. Today he talks with us about the offense, the defense and what we could possibly
expect from opponents at the beginning of the season.

This is a transcript of a phone interview with Raleigh Hokie.

The Defense

I have a different feeling about the season than I’ve had the last few
seasons, and I don’t know why. It feels like there is more anticipation for this
one, even though last year was probably a better team and we opened with Boise.
There is more anticipation, at least in my own mind, and I’m trying to figure
out why that is. I think it’s partly because I think the defense is going to be
better than it was last year.

Over the years, Bud Foster has found ways to mask weaknesses and cover up
holes. The game has gotten so advanced offensively that you really can’t hide
positions on defense anymore. Going into last year, Tech had all those question
marks, and it was concerning. I feel better about it this year, and the key
thing is whether or not the starters can stay healthy.

I think Luther Maddy was a huge surprise. I don’t think anybody expected him
to come in and play right away. Maybe Charley Wiles had an idea from his high
school coaches, but for whatever reason that guy was under-recruited. We’ve
taken advantage of that in several cases in the past. I’m totally stunned by him
and what he has been able to do.

I’ve always been a huge Corey Marshall (pictured at right) fan. I’ve liked
him since probably he was a sophomore in high school. He is a poster child for
the Virginia Tech defensive system. I thought he would play end this year, but
he would turn into a tackle after this season. I knew inside was where he would
end up. Tech does so much with the defensive ends now. They stand them up, rush
them, drop them, sometimes they take the running back out of the backfield, etc.
There are a lot of coverage concepts they have to figure out, and defensive
linemen can’t figure