Virginia Tech Football: What You Need to Know About Hokies' 2012 Defensive Line

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Virginia Tech Football: What You Need to Know About Hokies' 2012 Defensive Line
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Two years ago, Virginia Tech had an average defense—one that ranked 52nd in the country by seasons end. Defensive coordinator Bud Foster began to fix that in 2011.

The defensive unit drastically improved in just about every statistical category in 2012. Foster was able to do this despite a rash of injuries to key players throughout the season.

Well, if 2010 was the rebuilding year and 2011 was the year of improvement, then 2012 should be the year that this defense meets its potential.

The key to the defense’s success or failure this season will fall more on the defensive line than on any other defensive unit.

This could be the best defensive line that Bud Foster has ever coached and that is saying something.

He has a proven outside pass-rusher in James Gayle, two proven run-stoppers up the middle in Antoine and Derrick Hopkins and a potential star as a backup in Luther Maddy.

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