Thursday, September 19, 2013

Marshall Football: Fast Facts, Virginia Tech

Everything you need to know about the Virginia Tech Hokies before they host Marshall on Saturday at Lane Stadium.

1) In their last two meetings against Marshall, Virginia Tech has outscored the Thundering Herd 82-20.

2) Last year Logan Thomas was the first quarterback to lead Virginia Tech in rushing since 1965. Thomas ran for 524 yards and nine touchdowns.

3) Tech hired Scott Loeffler in the offseason to take over the Hokies struggling offense. Loeffler previously served as the OC at Auburn.

4) Loeffler has Thomas running less this season. So far the 6-foot-6, 257 pound quarterback is averaging four carries per game. Virginia Tech’s leading rusher is redshirt freshman Trey Edmunds. He leads the Hokies with 56 carries for 242 yards and three touchdowns.

5) Thomas’s top pass targets are wide receivers Demitri Knowles and Willie Byrn. Combined, Knowles and Byrn have hauled in 23 passes for 243 yards and a touchdown.

6) All other Virginia Tech pass catchers have combined for 299 yards on 27 receptions and two touchdowns.

7) Against ODU, a team that played FCS football last season, ECU’s defense surrendered 460 yards. Playing Virginia Tech, the same ECU defense gave up 311 yards of total offense.

8) Don’t let the Alabama game fool you, Virginia Tech has one of the best defenses in college football. Despite giving up 35 points, Tech held the Crimson Tide to 110 passing and 92 rushing yards. They also added a turnover.

9) Speaking of turnovers, the Hokies are among the best in the nation, grabbing seven interceptions in three games. They forced ECU quarterback Shane Carden into three INT’s last Saturday.

10) Virginia Tech creates turnovers by disrupting opposing quarterbacks. In only three games the Hokies have registered 12 sacks.

11) Senior defensive end J.R. Collins is chief among the Tech’s pass rushers with 3 sacks this season.

12) A onetime Marshall verbal commitment, defensive tackle Luther Maddy has recorded seven tackles and a sack in 2013. Maddy’s a three year starter for the Hokies.

13) Virginia Tech's defensive backs benefit from the pressure their front four produces. True freshman Brandon Facyson leads the Hokies with three interceptions in three games. Junior safety Detrick Bonner and his four career picks patrol the back end. 

14) The Hokies are so deep at corner that former four start recruit Donaldven Manning transferred to Marshall earlier this month.

15) Bud Foster has served as Virginia Tech’s defensive coordinator since 1995.

16) Marshall defensive tackles coach J.C. Price spent his college years as a Virginia Tech defensive end.

17) Hokies kicker Cody Journell is battling a back injury and missed two field goals against ECU.

18) Tech's A.J. Hughes is one of the nations top punters. This year he is averaging 44.6 yards per kick. Seven of his punts have gone over 50 yards.

19) Running back J.C. Coleman, corner Antone Exum, and offensive tackle Mark Shurman have been ruled out of Saturday's game for Virginia Tech.

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