Virginia Tech’s 2019 season begins on Saturday in Chestnut Hill when the Hokies take on Boston College. Tech is favored by anywhere from two to five points, and the over/under ranges from 52 to 58.5. That’s a lot of respect shown to a team coming off a 6-7 season, playing on the road in the opening game of the year.
Let’s take a look at a few key numbers heading into the BC game.
Defensive Tackle Play: It Can’t Help But Improve
328 different defensive tackles played 50+ snaps for Power 5 schools last season. Of those 328 players, only three of them had a worse Pro Football Focus grade than Virginia Tech’s Vinny Mihota.
Vinny Mihota, Virginia Tech: 48.1
Jacob Robinson, Indiana: 47.8
Abraham Maiava, Arizona: 44.9
Kayden Lyles, Wisconsin: 42.3
I hate to include Mihota in this analysis, because it’s not his fault that he was asked to add 30 pounds of bad weight while rehabbing a torn ACL and changing positions. He was not healthy enough to be successful. I do this to point out that for 333 snaps last season, Virginia Tech had to rely on a guy whose perforamnce,...
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