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“People don’t give them enough credit that they deserve,” said Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster, whose group has seven new starters. “You’ve got a great quarterback. Their running game is completely underrated … and you’ve got two receivers that are as good as anybody in the country.

“But then what makes them … they try to keep you off-balance, throwing, running, different formations,” he said.

Despite all those veterans and last season’s resume, the Broncos’ offense has some questions up front. After weeks of juggling and experimenting, Petersen and his staff have yet to settle on the five linemen who will square off against the Hokies’ defensive front at FedEx Field on Monday night.

“We know who we want out there, but we just haven’t been able to get it done with the injuries,” Petersen said. “Whatever it is, we’re going to be comfortable with it. It’s not like we’re in a situation of ‘oh my gosh, what are we going to do?’”