Now that two games are in the books lets look at how the long plays look:
And on a per game basis (Updated to be cumlative after every game to see historical trends:
|Cumlative||VT Defense 2020 Per Game||10+||20+||30+||Rank (10+ yards)|
And to compare to 2019:
|VT Defense 2019 Per Game||10+||20+||30+||Rank (10+ yards)|
So with out a secondary VT is playing pretty close to their 2019 selves. One would hope when starts come back that these numbers will improve.
Now this isn't adjusted for the teams we are playing. Duke is 0-4 and NC State isn't a world beater, especially with the QB that started the first two games. So lets look at the top ten offenses for longest plays from scrimmage against power 5 teams:
|Name||G||10+ Yards||20+ Yards||30+Yards||40+ Yards||50+ Yards||60+ Yards||70+ Yards|
|2||North Carolina State||3||51||20||9||0||0||0||0|
Now this doesn't account for a per game basis, and Duke has played 4 games, but on a per game basis NC State is 11th and Duke is 22nd. Pitt drops down to 25th. However, in both games we have kept NC State and Duke below their averages this season. They have produced on a decent level, so there is some evidence that VT might have a pretty good defence under Justin Hamilton when we can get our DC and DBs to the game.
UPDATE: Our rush defense sucked, our pass defence was best all season. Huh? The changes from last week are in parathesis. I did not update the leaders of the longest play as largey it is the same teams. Duke and NC State are still the top 2 teams. UNC moved up to 3rd (tied), but numbers wise it wasn't a large jump. It helped that Pitt shit the bed. Speaking of shitting the bed, Miami dropped big.