Justin Hamilton building Virginia Tech defense in his image

Packing away the beloved hardware comes as Justin Hamilton, 38, takes over as defensive coordinator. The Hokies running back, wide receiver and safety from 2002 to 2005 coached safeties last season and will do so again in addition to overseeing the rest of the defense.

And while his allegiance to Foster, who had served as coordinator since 1995, has never been in doubt, Hamilton continues to construct the defense in his image as this incarnation of the Hokies moves another step further from the Frank Beamer era.

“I don’t think there’s anybody that questions Justin Hamilton’s devotion to Bud and appreciation for what Bud meant to him as a player and eventually as a coach,” Fuente said. “It’s not up to him to show that appreciation by the schemes that he chooses to deploy on the defensive side of the ball.

“Justin’s got a different staff. He’s got guys that

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