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Delaware at Virginia Tech: 3 keys for the Hokies

September 9, 2017 GMT

VIRGINIA TECH’S KEYS TO VICTORY

1Run the ball ... with running backs: Josh Jackson impressed on the ground in his debut as the Hokies quarterback, but the offense will be far more dangerous if it gets production from the running back spot. If the Hokies can’t run the ball against Delaware, that’s not a good sign.

2Generate more pass rush from the defensive line: Tech didn’t get as much pressure on West Virginia quarterback Will Grier as it would have liked. Much of that had to do with the Hokies’ decision to drop seven and eight players into coverage to defend the Mountaineers’ receivers. This week, whether it rushes three, four, five or six people, Tech should be able to get more pressure and more hits on the quarterback.

3Get the young receivers involved: Senior Cam Phillips picked up where he left off in the bowl game, turning in a monster performance in the opener against WVU. For Phillips to continue having success, Tech needs other receiving options to emerge to at least keep the defense honest. Freshman Sean Savoy caught four passes Sunday, and junior C.J. Carroll snared two. No other wide receivers made a catch.