“We have a lot of experience on this team that played against (Georgia) Tech last year, so I know the game plan should be pretty good for us,” said junior safety Kysheon Jarrett. “We’ve got the idea, we know how to play, we know how to play against them.”
Senior cornerback Kyle Fuller has been a key cog in the Hokies' defense of the triple option, moving in to play outside linebacker in 2010 and 2011. He will do that again this year, after the season ending injury to Ronny Vandyke in the fall left the Hokies without an outside linebacker capable of handling the responsibilities.
Despite previous success, the Hokies will still have their hands full with the Yellow Jackets. A tough task isn’t made any easier given the short week to prepare after playing back-to-back games against two air-attack offenses in East Carolina and Marshall.
“It definitely makes it a little bit tougher, but we’re ready for it and we’re just going to start getting prepared and be ready to go,” Fuller said.
The flexbone formation also has the receivers and backs positioned perfectly to stretch the field vertically in the passing game, following many of the same concepts of spread systems. In previous years the Yellow Jackets have not done this. The most passing touchdowns a Yellow Jacket has had under Johnson in one year is 11.
However, starting quarterback Vad Lee has shown an ability to throw the football as well, already passing for seven touchdowns while completing 56.4 percent of his passes.
“To me, he’s a similar guy to who they had last year, I think,” Foster said. “You know, maybe a little bit more of an accurate thrower. That seems like that’s something they’re doing a little bit more is a play action pass and stuff with this guy.”
Foster’s defense is up to the challenge, though.
“We just have to execute and play well. Georgia Tech’s obviously going to run the ball a lot, that’s their M-O,” senior linebacker Jack Tyler said. “They’re going to be good and physical, we just have to play good defense against them.”
“Short week or if we played them on Saturday, it doesn’t matter,” Jarrett said. “We’re going to go out there and play.”