Hokies special teams look to dominate against East Carolina
BLACKSBURG, Va. (WSET) - Last Saturday, it was the Hokies defense that paved the way for a big win over the Delaware Blue Hens.
In the first two games, however, it's been Virginia Tech's special teams that have been the quiet stars of the squad. They hope to continue that trend this Saturday, when #16 VT travels to East Carolina (0-2).
The Pirates find themselves in troubled waters entering week 3, having re-assigned the defensive coordinator, and promoting line coach, and one time Hargrave and Gretna head coach Robert Prunty, to the coordinator position. VT head coach Justin Fuente could only say "They've only got a week to prepare, and they've been working what they've been doing defensively, going into their second year. We'll get our guys prepared, and get ready to go."
Tech will look for another strong performance on special teams against the Pirates. Greg Stroman had a punt return for a TD against the Blue Hens Saturday. He did the same against the Pirates last year, as well as adding a blocked field goal. Those are the kind of plays that VT Special Teams Coordinator James Shibest smile, telling reports those are the types of plays that they'll look to exploit again this year.
One area quietly getting the job done - the Hokies punt game. Through 2 games, Hokies opponents have a combined 2 return yards. While impressed with those numbers, Fuente told reporters their success isn't based on numbers, but preparation and execution. "When I look at our football squad, I think we have to do all the little things correctly to give ourselves a chance to win." said Fuente. "We're going to play quality people that have other good players as well."