The Husky Origins of the Virginia Tech Defense: Part Two

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Bud Foster
Bud Foster has helped Virginia Tech’s defense evolve through the years after Phil Elmassian introduced the 4-4 Washington Husky scheme. (Ivan Morozov)

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Beyond the basics of the scheme, there were some fun things the Husky 4-4 brought out that caught plenty of attention. I’m going to talk about two in particular that became Hokie staples. Remember, Phil Elmassian was a defensive backs coach when he took a liking to the scheme, and Frank Beamer is on record saying he liked how the scheme handled receivers. At the same time, the Husky 4-4 was a beast versus the run. One way the defense achieved this was by pairing an “inverted” Cover-2 alignment with “robber” coverage.

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