The 2015 Defense: A 1990s Throwback?

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Ken Ekanem and Dadi Nicolas play a game of "meet me at the quarterback."
Ken Ekanem and Dadi Nicolas play a game of “meet me at the quarterback.”

We all know Bud Foster likes to get after the quarterback, and his defenses have been very good at doing so throughout the years. In 2014, the Hokies racked up 48 sacks, which was the second highest number in Frank Beamer’s tenure at Virginia Tech.

This infographic by OXVT tells the tale.  Click for a larger image.

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The 2014 Hokies managed to beat out the 2007 defense for second place in total number of sacks, despite playing one fewer game.

Total sacks can be a skewed number, however. Bowl games were not counted in the stats until the 2002 season, which means the Hokies have played anywhere from 11

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