Hokies looking to get ‘back to basics’ on defense

Tech has given up 390 yards per game

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Even a gnarly, expletive-laced meeting with the media last week didn’t do much to dampen Tech fans reverence for the man who calls the Hokies’ defenses.

But Foster does have to worry about getting his defense right, and quickly. Tech hosts out-of-nowhere ACC contender Duke (5-1, 2-0) on Saturday. The Blue Devils are tied for fourth in the league in scoring, putting up 37.8 points per game.

Foster said, beyond the scheme issues, he sees something missing.

“Playing with passion, having confidence, having trust in each other,” Foster said. “I think that’s an issue right now a little bit. I think guys are looking around rather than going and making a play.”

Foster said he will stress to his unit that it can’t rest on the laurels of past defenses at Tech. It needs to forge its own identity. And right now, that isn’t a very impressive one.

“We have to go earn our success,” Foster said. “How we’ve made it happen is we’ve earned it by playing hard. There’s been teams that probably have been more talented than us in the past, but we out-willed them, we out-efforted them, we outfought them, whatever it may be. We have to get back to doing those things.”

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