Virginia Tech is spending much of fall practice working to fill some huge holes on defense.
That side of the ball has always been a strength for the Hokies under defensive coordinator Bud Foster, who faces a major overhaul. Three players left early for the NFL, three graduated and two more were dismissed during the offseason.
"Was I happy with a couple things that happened?" Foster said, referring to the dismissals of Adonis Alexander for academics and Mook Reynolds for an undisclosed violation of athletic department policy. "No. But those are things that are out of our control. And really what we can focus on are the guys we have in our program and they want to be successful."