Inside the Numbers, Special Teams: Blocks

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Virginia Tech used to block a ton of kicks. In fact, they blocked so many kicks that every time you turn on a VT game, we are treated to a graphic telling us exactly how many kicks Virginia Tech has blocked under Frank Beamer, a description of “BeamerBall,” etc. For me, those numbers stopped being a source of pride several years ago. Now they’ve just turned into a reminder of yet another thing the Hokies don’t do particularly well anymore.


Kicks Blocked by Virginia Tech

It’s pretty common knowledge that Virginia Tech doesn’t block very many kicks anymore. Even when the Hokies do block a kick, it generally seems to be against a 1-AA team in a game that has already been decided.

Here are Tech’s blocked kicks by season, dating back to 2004:

2004: 4 (FG and punt vs. Western Michigan, FG vs. WVU, FG vs. UVA)
2005: 3 (FG vs. GT, FG and punt vs. UNC)
2006: 5 (FG and punt vs. Northeaster, punt vs. UNC, punt vs. Cincinnati, FG vs. Miami)
2007: 4 (Punt vs. Duke, punt vs. UVA, FG and PAT vs. BC)
2008: 5 (PAT vs. ECU, FG vs. Furman, PAT vs. GT, Punt vs. Nebraska, FG vs. BC)
2009: 1 (Punt vs. Miami)
2010: 3 (Punt and PAT vs. Boise State, PAT vs. Stanford)
2011: 1 (Punt vs. Appalachian State)
2012: 1 (Punt vs. Austin Peay)
2013: 2 (Punt and FG vs. Marshall)

First, let’s enjoy one of the best blocked kicks of the ACC era:

Now let’s