Furman Review: Defense More Disciplined

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Bud Foster, Virginia Tech
Bud Foster’s defense was more disciplined in Saturday’s win over Furman. (Ivan Morozov)

“You sit there watchin’ that crap and it makes you sick to your stomach.” – Coach Justin Fuente, post-game radio interview

Coach Fu wasn’t happy with the offense, and we’ll look at that and the hiring of Coach Kill on Friday. Today we’re going to focus on defense.

This wasn’t a dominating performance, of course, but better than I expected. I forgot to get around to it, but B’Street asked me for my thoughts on numbers, and by Saturday morning I’d kind of settled on a 37-27 Tech win, figuring the teams would exchange long, clock-eating drives. But Tech’s defense came out and had their best mental effort against the Flex/Triple I’d seen in years. They got realigned and into the right gaps as Furman shifted from Flex to Split-gun to unbalanced formations, and they seemed to have good option discipline when Grainger got moving laterally with the ball.

You could tell Foster trusted them more, with both the different fronts and how he used his players.  Here’s a telling front against the Flexbone where the receivers are in nasty splits, just like Georgia Tech leaned on last year. For Tech this year, I’d expected to see 4-3 with a deep mike again, or maybe 4-4 Robber with Deablo in the middle of the field. The 4-3 was trotted out on the first snap