Defensive Backs Lead The Charge In Virginia Tech’s Win Over Liberty

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Greg Stroman
Greg Stroman (3) recorded two interceptions against Liberty.

The Justin Fuente era got off to good start on Saturday as the Hokies downed Liberty 36-13 in Lane Stadium.  Today we’ll address a few topics, including Jerod Evans and Isaiah Ford, but first I want to touch on Virginia Tech’s defensive backs and their performance on Saturday.

The “More Eyes On The Ball” Strategy Works In Game One

Bud Foster spent the offseason talking about how he wanted to be able to mix up his coverages more in 2016.  Tech had to play mostly man coverage in 2015, which led to fewer turnovers and more big play opportunities for opposing offenses.

With more experience in the secondary this year, Bud Foster hoped to be able to give offenses more looks.  While the Hokies did play a lot of man coverage against Liberty, they also mixed it up with zone and some man-free (Cover 1) plays.  It worked to perfection.  Check out these lines for the Liberty quarterbacks…

Stephon Masha: 9-of-25, 70 yards, zero touchdowns, 2 interceptions
Buckshot Calvert: 0-of-2, zero yards, zero touchdowns, 1 interceptions

When the opposing quarterbacks only complete one-third of their passes and throw three interceptions, you’ve done your job in the secondary.

The basic lesson is this: it’s a lot easier to intercept the football when your eyes are facing the