VT Scouting Report: Defense & Punting

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After facing a Clemson defense that was among the best in the nation, Virginia’s sputtering offense will take on a Hokie defense that like the Tigers is ranked among the top 20 teams nationally in several defensive categories. That doesn’t bode well for a Virginia club that enters the Tech game struggling to convert third downs and struggling to hold on to the football.

In the month of November, the Hoos have converted only 25% of their chances (10 of 40) on third down and have turned the ball over 10 times (13 if we go back to the UNC game). If those two trends continue Saturday, the outcome will be a happy one for the home crowd in Blacksburg.

With that in mind, let’s take a closer look:

With that in mind, let’s take a closer look:


  • The Hokies are 18th nationally in tackles for loss with an average of seven per game.
  • Virginia Tech is 17th in the nation in scoring defense (18.3 PPG), 16th in yards per carry defense (3.13 YPC), 47th in pass efficiency defense, and eighth in total defense by giving up 276.8 yards a contest.
  • After giving up 25.3 points per game during a four-game stretch in the middle of the season, the Hokies have surrendered 10.6 PPG in their last three outings.

Personnel & Strategy

Marc Verica faces another challening defense this week.

Personnel. John Graves (91) and Cordarrow Thompson (95) lead the charge on the interior for the Hokie defense, combining for 9.5 tackles for loss and 22 QB pressures. Defensive end Jason Worilds (6) is fourth on the team with 51 tackles, including 14.5 for loss, which is second in the ACC. He also has posted six sacks