I’ll have more notes and quotes after an interview opportunity with Justin Fuente and a few players Monday, but for now, here are few links for your Sunday reading …
— Could Virginia Tech a national sleeper? Possibly, says Sports Illustrated. Chris Johnson lists the Hokies as one of five teams he thinks the national media are sleeping on (defined as teams that fall outside the top 20).
The full group? N.C. State, Notre Dame, Oregon, TCU and Virginia Tech.
Johnson rightfully points out the rebuilding nature of the Coastal Division this season, opening an opportunity. He notes Bud Foster‘s always strong defense, and regarding the quarterback, he wrote: “Fuente’s history of grooming quarterbacks, from Andy Dalton at TCU to Paxton Lynch at Memphis to [Jerod] Evans last season, suggests he’ll be able to mold Virginia Tech’s next starter into, at the very least, a serviceable distributor for his spread attack.”
Overall, he writes: “The Hurricanes stack up as the Hokies’ primary challenger in the Coastal, but Virginia Tech’s ACC slate is manageable outside of a visit to Hard Rock Stadium in early November. In a division with a lot of unknowns, you can feel good about buying into a team with a suffocating defense and an elite coach with a well-earned reputation as an ace quarterback developer.”
An entirely fair assessment, I think, if you’re looking at a best-case scenario for the Hokies.
Some of the quotes weren’t necessarily revelations — “They love to load the box. They’ll choke out the run game and force you to win on the perimeter.” — but there was more to it. The coach said Brandon Facyson is Tech’s best DB, which is interesting and probably something debatable. On the offense, the coach said: “It shocked me how much they use empty formations. They’ll also do some unbalanced formations and come at…