“Those guys are shifty,” said redshirt senior linebacker Tariq Edwards. “They’ve got good receivers, good backs, and I think they’ve been playing very well.”
It’s hard to focus on one guy in the Duke attack because they have so many contributors on offense. The Blue Devils feature six players that have carried the ball 20 or more times and three players with 20 or more receptions on the season. But Virginia Tech knows it has to be ready to stop all of the playmakers that Cutcliffe can utilize.
“They have some weapons that they use well and we have to be ready for that,” said senior cornerback Kyle Fuller.
The good news for Virginia Tech is that the team is well rested. The Hokies are coming off a bye week after starting the season with seven straight games.
Though the team has been playing well, winning its last six games, the bye week was a welcome break.
“I mean it always feels good to have some rest,” Edwards said. “We could go into the next game, week to week, keep on constantly playing, but for your body to get some type of rest, especially people with nagging injuries or with nicks and different pain, it’s always good to get some kind of rest.”
And it appears the most rested player of all will finally take the field for Virginia Tech. When asked about his chances of playing for the first time this season against Duke and if he was ready, redshirt senior cornerback Antone Exum sounded optimistic.
“I think so, I think so," Exum said. "That’s how I’m preparing (to play), that’s my mindset and it’s looking good right now for me to be out there on Saturday.”
With the status of freshman cornerback Brandon Facyson still uncertain after he sustained a concussion on Sunday, Exum’s return is timely for what has been a stellar group thus far this season.
With all of the weapons at the disposal of Cutcliffe, Boone and Connette, the Hokies’ defense will need another great performance to push the winning streak to seven games.