The Husky Origins of the Virginia Tech Defense: Part Three

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Frank Beamer
Frank Beamer changed his defense after 1992, and it worked wonders for the program. (photo courtesy of Virginia Tech sports photography)

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Throughout his tenure with Murray State and then Virginia Tech, Frank Beamer had employed a defense called the “Wide Tackle Six” (or just “Wide Six”), which was probably the most popular of the various 6-2 schemes. The scheme’s name comes from its key distinguishing factor: the defensive tackles were positioned outside of the offensive tackles, which was a wider alignment than the “Tight Six,” which had the DTs head-up on the OTs.

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