Virginia Tech played an outstanding football game against Georgia Tech last
Thursday night. Today, Raleigh Hokie tells us some of the reasons why the Hokies
played so well.
1) How did the personnel changes on defense contribute to the defensive
The personnel decisions worked out extremely well. The decision to move JR
Collins inside couldn’t have gone better. His quickness, toughness and tenacity
inside created problems for GT’s inside blocking schemes and led them to carry
more plays to the perimeter. Tyrel Wilson was just as impressive at DE. He was
particularly noticeable down the stretch, using his speed to chase down plays
from the backside. Overall, that down four of Wilson, Collins, Hopkins and Gayle
was a difficult match-up for GT’s offensive line.
Against that option attack, Jack Tyler was a no-brainer at Mike LB. He is a
downhill, run-stopping LB so his skills were perfectly suited to match-up
against GT’s offense. And he delivered with a good performance. He was knocked
off his feet a few times (once on a chop block that was missed), but overall he
played very well.
2) What was the defensive game plan going into the game and what were the
adjustments made on both sides?
Going into the game, Foster’s game plan was to show a couple of different fronts
and change up the assignments on the dive, force and pitch from play to play. He
did not want GT to get a read on how the assignments were set based on fronts or
down and distance.
In the GT offense, the direction of the play is determined by the QB at the LOS.
Early on, the approach was to run plays to the field side away from the VT’s
short side run blitzes. The blocking scheme was primarily man-up downhill with
the center looking to release to get to the Mike LB (Jack Tyler). VT’s strategy
to cover up the center with
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