Virginia Tech coaches tried everything they could to shore up struggling secondary, run defense against UNC | Z-no-digital

Tech had 10 scholarship defensive backs (out of 15) available to play on Saturday — up from the seven they had in uniform against Duke — but starting safeties Divine Deablo and Keonta Jenkins were among the 15 players that didn’t travel to Chapel Hill.

The Hokies started walk-on Tyler Matheny and J.R. Walker at safety and the only other scholarship safeties dressed out were redshirt freshman Ny’Quee Hawkins and true freshman Lakeem Rudolph.

Things got worse for the secondary when nickel Chamarri Conner was ejected for targeting in the first quarter.

Fuente wanted to cross-train players to avoid the exact scenario they faced on Saturday, but the coaching staff didn’t have enough defensive backs at practice to be able to do it coming out of fall camp thanks to a combination of injuries and COVID-19 related absences.

“It came down to, we were drawing stuff up in order to

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Virginia Tech Hokies QB Hendon Hooker a “Full-go” ahead of UNC

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On Monday evening, Virginia Tech Hokies Head Coach Justin Fuente spoke on this week’s edition of Tech Talk Live, discussing the most pertinent topics related to the football program. Over the course of an hour, Coach Fuente discussed a multitude of topics, including the status of listed No. 1 quarterback Hendon Hooker

As a redshirt sophomore, Hooker took over the starting quarterback role against Miami in 2019. He would go on to throw for 1,555 yards with 13 touchdowns to only 2 interceptions. He completed 61.1% of his passes. As an added running threat, Hooker rushed 123 times for 356 yards and 5 touchdowns, bringing his total touchdowns to 18 in 8 starts last season.

Prior to the start of the 2020 season, Hooker was labeled as the starter. Despite the designation, Hooker has yet to play a single snap this season

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