Inside The Numbers: Defensive Tackle Grades and BC Rushing Numbers

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Jarrod Hewitt, Virginia Tech
Jarrod Hewitt sports his new Lunch Pail tattoo. (Jon Fleming)

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,