The Fisher Law Firm Friday Q&A: The Option and Fuente’s Offense

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1) Who do you expect to lead the defense in tackles, sacks and interceptions? – Vtfisherman

Chris Coleman: Two years ago Chuck Clark led the defense in tackles with 107.  It’s generally not ideal to have your free safety lead the team in tackles.  Last year’s defense was much better, and we saw linebackers Andrew Motuapuaka (114) and Tremaine Edmunds (106) at the top of the leaderboard.

Throughout the history of VT’s defense under Bud Foster, the Mike linebacker almost always leads the team in tackles if he is healthy.  Andrew Motuapuaka missed a few games with an injury in 2015, while Chase Williams missed four games in 2014.  Vince Hall also missed time in 2007, and those were the only recent seasons I can recall in which the Mike did not lead the team in tackles.  Therefore, my pick is Motuapuaka, if he stays healthy.  Tremaine Edmunds will be a close second.

Sacks and interceptions are a little bit tricky.  I remember Jason Worilds only posting 4.5 sacks in 2009, and then he declared for the NFL Draft.  He was a great player, despite the lack of sacks.  Sometimes sacks say something about the player, and sometimes they don’t.  In terms of pure pass rushing ability, Trevon Hill and Tremaine Edmunds are the best players on the defense.  I’ll go with Hill, the defensive end, with Edmunds nipping on his heels.

Interceptions are random.  You can be a lock down corner