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VMI Football opens camp, with emphasis on finishing

VMI Freshman Tyren Cloyd of Richmond flexes for the camera at VMI's Media Day. (Photo: Dave Walls/WSET)

LEXINGTON, Va. (WSET) - After a 3-8 record in 2016, the motto in Lexington with the VMI Keydets is simple.

FINISH.

A talented defense returns the VMI with 3rd year head coach Scott Wachenheim, and an offense that looks to put more emphasis on the ground game, with the departure of QB Al Cobb. The real focus, however, comes on the defensive side of the ball, which came up short in several pressure situations early in the 2016 campaign. With a renewed focus on playing 4 quarters of football, players say anything is possible in 2017.

Redshirt sophmore wide receiver Mason Dermott says "I'd say a handful of games, we were within one play. One play goes our way, and we win the game. So this year, you know, we're focused on finishing the game. Make that one play, somebody's gotta step up, and make that big play. That's how we're gonna win games." Scott Wachenheim agrees, but adds "You know, you always remember the last play, but there's a lot of things that go into winning and losing games. Last year's defense was the 2nd best scoring defense in the last 30 years. So I think it will be a record setting year on defense."

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