Sep 14, 2013; Greenville, NC, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies linebacker Tariq Edwards (24) celebrates a first half sack of East Carolina Pirates quarterback Shane Carden (5) at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

Just How Good Is Virginia Tech's Defense?

Through the first three games of the season, Virginia Tech is 2-1. There has been multiple story lines so far such as, Logan Thomas’ inconsistency, or the struggles of the wide-receivers, but the most intriguing is how dominant the defense has been. The defense has been one of the best in the country, and is putting on a show each week. They are backing up all of the hype surrounding them, and do not appear to be stopping anytime soon.

As of today, the Hokies defense is ranked 2nd in the nation. They are only allowing 84.3 rushing yards per game, and 106.3 passing yards per game. It has been hard for opposing teams to get any type of rhythm started on offense. Other teams have especially struggled with their passing attacks as Virgina Tech is ranked 2nd overall in pass defense. We saw them even disrupt Alabama’s quarterback A.J. McCarron in the season opener.

The numbers don’t stop there for the Hokies. So far on the season, the team has 7 picks which they have gained 82 yards off of. They have forced one fumble and recorded 12 sacks. Brandon Facsyon has led the way with 3 interceptions, and Detrick Bonner has two with a pick six. Jack Tyler is atop the list for most tackles by totaling 25. As for sacks, J.R. Collins leads the team with 3.

We have heard all about how good the defense has been, so I figured I’d provide you with the numbers just to prove how good they are. Virginia Tech’s defense is stingy, and is certainly hungry for more. They have playmakers all over the field, and will only improve with time. The defense will look to make more noise this Saturday against Marshall.

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