Inside The Numbers: Snap Counts And Defensive Improvement

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Virginia Tech’s defense, especially the defensive line, should be fresh heading into the UVA game. (Jon Fleming)

It’s finally UVA week, with the Hokies and Hoos squaring off this Friday at noon.  It’s a short week for us too here at TSL, and with three basketball games coming up in Maui on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, we’ll try to cram in as much content as possible between now and Thanksgiving Day. 

Let’s get things started with an Inside the Numbers article.

Despite Short Week, Virginia Tech Should Be Fresh

Virginia hasn’t exactly challenged themselves in recent weeks, getting a bye week before hosting Liberty this past weekend.  That rightly concerns some Tech fans, because it’s possible the Hoos could be the fresher team.  On the other hand, it’s not like the Hokie defense has been overly stressed over the last couple of weeks.

Check out the snap counts for Tech’s starting defensive linemen for the Pitt game…

TyJuan Garbutt: 38
Jarrod Hewitt: 30
Emmanuel Belmar: 30
DaShawn Crawford: 27

And now here are their snap counts for the Georgia Tech game…

TyJuan Garbutt: 27
Emmanuel Belmar: 27
Jarrod Hewitt: 24
DaShawn Crawford: 24

Those guys have played a little big less than a game’s worth of snaps over