NC State Review: Looking At Changes To The Virginia Tech Defense

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Keonta Jenkins, Virginia Tech
Keonta Jenkins and the Virginia Tech defense played as well as anyone could reasonably expect them to play. (AP Photo / The Roanoke Times, Matt Gentry, Pool)

Well, that was fun. Talk about a team coming together in adverse circumstances. Of course, as one Hokie legend knew, things are never as good as they seem, nor as bad. Let’s dig in.

Defense

We’ll start in the secondary, where Justin Hamilton’s shaken things up.

The first thing that caught most folks’ attention was probably seeing Divine Deablo to the boundary and Keonta Jenkins playing to the field. Moving the bigger Deablo made sense, as the boundary safety typically finds himself mixed up in the run game more. Jenkins also looked comfortable at his spot, which is pretty darn special for a true freshman playing his first game after this kind of year.

Getting back to Deablo, it’s not foreign for him to play down on the LOS, since he’s played a run-stuffing nickel role before. I imagine he’ll welcome the move as a boost to his draft stock, seeing he’ll likely be looked at as a strong safety by the NFL. Here, he’s making the move pay off: