Change In Cornerback Philosophy Could Benefit Virginia Tech

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Brian Mitchell
Brian Mitchell

Virginia Tech Defensive Coordinator Bud Foster’s defensive scheme has always been noted for two unique positions in the secondary: boundary corner and field corner.  Apparently those two positions will not exist during the 2016 season, according to this article by Andy Bitter.

For those unfamiliar with the scheme, the boundary corner (think Jimmy Williams and Brandon Flowers) always plays on the short side of the field.  He has to be excellent in run support, because offenses like to run to the short side of the field because they have a better chance to get a numbers advantage there.  He also has to be great in man coverage, because Bud Foster likes to play man on the short side of the field while using a variety of zones in the other areas.  If you can lock down one-third or one-quarter of the field in man coverage and flood the other areas with defenders in zone, that really makes life difficult for a college quarterback.

The field corner is the type of player who could also play free safety.  He’s on the wide side of the field, and he generally plays zone coverage.  Ideally he is a smart player who is good at reading the eyes

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