Great defense is nothing new for Virginia Tech, but could this year’s squad could be on of its best. Expectations are high in Blacksburg as the Hokies return a lot of talent on both sides of the ball, but for junior cornerback Kendall Fuller, this team’s defense is poised to be something special.
“We have all the talent. At every position we have the talent,” Fuller said Monday at the ACC Kickoff.
Looking at the roster, it's hard to argue.
The Hokies have eight returning starters on defense. Not only will they have seniors Dadi Nicolas and Ken Ekanem at defensive end, but they also will return star defensive tackle Luther Maddy who missed much of the season due to a torn meniscus.
“Their presence is known on the field,” Fuller said in reference to the defensive line. “Quarterbacks, they know they have to get the ball out quick which makes our job a lot easier.”
There are a few more questions in the secondary where Virginia Tech will have to replace both their free safety and rover (strong safety). Cornerback Brandon Facyson is also coming off a broken leg while Fuller had to have surgery to repair a fracture in his wrist after the 2014 season. Fuller, however, assured the media he healthy and ready to start the season.
“My wrist is 100 percent,” he said. “...I’m ready to let loose.”
If both Fuller and Facyson are healthy, it will be hard to find a weakness in this defense. But could they really be one of the best ever in Blacksburg? With a game against Ohio State to open the season, we may know sooner rather than later.
Said Fuller, “We definitely have the potential to be one of the best defenses that came through Virginia Tech.”