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June 2007

June 2007


Zone Pressure

Bud Foster\'s Virginia Tech zone pressure package: leading the nation in total defense
by: Michael Parker
© June 2007

Virgina Tech has had tremendous success against teams that run spread-type offenses the last few seasons. In fact, the Hokies are undefeated against offensive-minded teams like Louisville, Clemson, Wake Forest, and West Virginia since 2003. So many teams struggle adapting their old schemes to these new formations without leaving their kids vulnerable to the run game. Or, they give up huge chunks of yardage in the pass game trying to put pressure on the passer and leave their defenders with too much space to cover. Plus, these spread schemes use athletic quarterbacks to make plays where the numbers in the box favor the offense. But recent Frank Broyles award winner Bud Foster has managed to make the opposing quarterback run for his life, not for his stats. The Hokies led all D I-A colleges in total defense last fall.

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