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.

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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

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