VIRGINIA TECH’S KEYS TO VICTORY
A year ago,
Deshaun Watson ran for
85 yards and two touchdowns against the Hokies in the ACC championship game. Mobile quarterbacks have given Bud Foster’s unit fits the past few seasons and this year, Clemson — with a new starter in Kelly Bryant — has been calling more and more designed runs. Tech has an experienced and athletic defense, particularly with its linebackers, who will have to keep Bryant from making big plays and do a solid job of tackling him in open space.
Clemson’s defensive line may be the best in the nation and Virginia Tech figures to have its hand full. The Tigers’ front four of Clelin Ferrell, Christian Wilkins, Dexter Lawrence and Austin Bryant have been dominant. Tech has to find a way to gain yards on the ground against that group and keep them off redshirt freshman quarterback Josh Jackson so Jackson has time to make good decisions. Because the third key is. ...