The start of year two of the Brent Pry era at Virginia Tech was better than year one was. Exactly one year ago today, the Hokies were waking up 0-1 after a frustrating 20-17 season-opening loss to Old Dominion. After Saturday night’s 36-17 win over the Monarchs, Hokie fans are enjoying their coffee a lot better this morning.
Following the win, Pry spoke about multiple topics, which included his team staying level-headed after just Game 1.
"“We’re pretty levelheaded. We’re not going to get too high or too low. We didn’t do that last year, and we certainly could have. We’ll enjoy the win, and there will be some light-hearted moments before we get into the film (Sunday), but there will be plenty to correct and plenty to work on. We still have a pretty long way to go to be the team that we can be.”"
Pry joined the ACC Huddle on stage after the game and explained what he said to his group in the locker room after the victory.
"“I just told them I had all these notes and all these thoughts and all these positives and negatives, and I said you know what, ‘I’m just so proud of everyone in this room from staff to players to fanbase that packed his place.’ Everybody’s pouring into this thing right now.”"
Pry spoke about the game that quarterback Grant Wells played after going 17-for-29 with three touchdown passes and rushing for a fourth.
"“He’s got a little bit of a chip on his shoulder and I think you saw that out there tonight. He’s been that type of player in practice for us and to go out there and do that in Lane Stadium, that’s what we needed and he did it.”"
Pry also spoke about the offensive line protecting Wells and Kyron Drones and not allowing a sack on 30 dropbacks in the game.
"“That’s a big improvement. I wasn’t sure we’d go zero (sacks allowed), but we protected better and we made it an emphasis. I thought that Grant was timely getting rid of the football.”"
Wells spoke about being confident throughout the game to begin his final season in Blacksburg.
"“I was extremely confident. We had a really good plan going into the game. We felt really good about how the guys were playing. We’re playing as one unit. We’re playing fast. I thought (Tyler) Bowen (Virginia Tech’s offensive coordinator) called a really great game. He stuck to the game plan, and we were excited to move the ball like we did.”"