The Virginia Tech football team will head to Boston College this weekend for a pivotal matchup with the Eagles. It’s a pivotal matchup in terms of the Hokies needing a win to inch closer to becoming bowl-eligible.
When the Hokies take the field at Alumni Stadium, they will be facing a BC offense that has a very good dual-threat quarterback in Thomas Castellanos, who has been tough to stop for opposing teams the last five weeks, all Boston College wins.
It will be all hands on deck for Brent Pry’s defense in Chestnut Hill, but Tuesday, the second-year head coach did not give a promising update on a pair of injured defensive players.
Brent Pry did not sound confident giving an injury update on his defense
Virginia Tech safety Jalen Stroman and defensive tackle Josh Fuga were both injured leading into the game last weekend at Louisville, which ended up being a 34-3 loss. Both players played some but did not finish the game against the Cardinals and Pry’s update at his weekly press conference did not sound promising.
“I feel better about Fuga than I do about Stroman,” Pry said. “I think they’re both questionable and we’ll know more after (Tuesday). I feel better about Josh right now.”
Not having both, never mind one, is a big blow to the Virginia Tech defense. That is going to put more pressure on the rest of the unit and it’s a unit that has had trouble stopping the run all season long and allowing too many big plays. Against Boston College, containing Castellanos is going to be vital. BC has the No. 1 rushing attack in the ACC and is 10th in the country. Being down Fuga and even Stroman is going to be a big blow to Chris Marve’s defense.
Getting off the field is going to be the key as the Eagles have racked up huge numbers offensively when it comes to the number of plays run. Any injuries the Hokies have to overcome are going to make things that much more difficult.