There was something different about the team last season that most folks really didn’t notice; injuries slacked off, and inside speed and control improved. See this from David Hale from the 2018 season.
Highest % of plays stopped for loss or no gain by a defense last year:— A David Hale joint (@DavidHaleESPN) August 22, 2018
1 Michigan, 43.6%
2 Virginia Tech, 41.8%
3 USF, 41.5%
4 TCU, 40.6%
5 Wisc, 40%
6 Ark St, 39.9%
7 So Miss, 39.9%
8 Clemson, 39.4%
9 Oh St, 39.2%
10 UTSA, FSU & Bama, 39%
You see, it takes way more than flub to control the line of scrimmage. The Hokies dominated inside and behind the line because of behind the scenes sorts of work by coaches who are rarely given notice. Someone really needs to notice the difference that Coach Hilgart and his fitness and nutrition program have done for the entire team. This includes the inside guys.
HARD, SMART, TOUGH @HewittJarrod dropped fat, added muscle and got stronger this off-season.— Virginia Tech Football (@VT_Football) August 22, 2018
He's a firm believer in the training regiment of @CoachHilgart & his team. #Hokies pic.twitter.com/FAZUAOteHC
Seems the Hokies are starting to really understand how important he’s been to the program since 2016.
In case you didn’t know, Jack Tyler - a favorite overachieving Hokie is now a Graduate Assistant on the Football coaching staff, along with Cody Grimm.
Check out Bud Foster going over some defensive items at the last press conference.
THE #LPD LIVES HERE ❗— Virginia Tech Football (@VT_Football) August 22, 2018
"I like having former players being part of the program."
More from @CoachFosterVT on @JackInTheBox58 who serves as a GA on the Tech defensive staff. #Hokies pic.twitter.com/CbkjVKNUe9
Hokie (NCAA Basketball News)
The NCAA looks like it has finally completely dropped the RPI methodology of choosing tournament entries and seeding. The NCAA is instituting the NET (NCAA Evaluation Tool) Take a look at the SB Nation article describing how it all will work. We’ll all see how it works out as Selection Weekend blooms.
Buzz Williams adds another coach to the Men’s Basketball Staff
Buzz Williams added another new member to his coaching staff https://t.co/K9LVVuBlzs— VTScoop247 (@VTScoop247) August 22, 2018
A hearty “Welcome to Blacksburg!” to Dale Layer. We certainly hope that he settles in, and loves the fact that #ThisIsHome.
That’s a wrap for today! Keep checking back for articles and updates things are heating up!