Friday Q&A: August 23, 2013

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Bud Foster

1: I’d like to get your thoughts on how the new targeting rule could impact Tech this year; especially given how thin we are at some positions.

Chris Coleman: Bud Foster was asked that question on Media Day.  He said it shouldn’t hurt the Tech defense, because the defensive coaches teach their players to tackle low and with their heads up.  The new rules aren’t something he is worried about, unless he did a really good job of hiding it on Media Day.

That said, it’s football.  Things happen.  Sometimes that ball carrier changes direction at the last instant, and there’s nothing you can do.  It’s a very fast sport.  The vast majority of fans know the game is fast, but it’s still difficult to grasp unless you have really great seats, or you’re standing on the sideline.  Or unless you’ve played the game at a high level, obviously.

If it does happen to the Hokies, then yes, it could have an impact.  Tech is thin at cornerback, and the backup safeties are unproven.  On the other hand, all programs have depth issues.  I bet there are only a handful of programs across the country who truly feel confident in their backup defensive backs.

Did you feel confident in guys like Kyle Fuller and Antone Exum when they were freshmen?  I didn’t.  Not until they got on the field and proved they could play, at least.  Detrick Bonner and Kyshoen Jarrett played roles as freshmen in the secondary two years ago, with Bonner starting four games.  Macho Harris played as a freshman.  Brandon Flowers was playing as a freshman until he got hurt, and so on and so on.

With the way players transfer in and out of programs these days, that’s just the nature of the beast.  The playing field is level in terms of rules.  That said, you can be sure that