Hokies use bye week to self-scout, shelve Lunch Pail

Virginia Tech head coach Brent Pry addresses the media on Media Day (WSLS)

BLACKSBURG, Va. – When there’s no team to face, it gives you time to look within. After a 2-5 start, self-scouting was a must for the Hokies in the bye week.

“Normally you would study everything, so what we studied with the limited time was studied where we were inefficient, where we weren’t good enough, offensively we looked at how do we maximize our strengths?” head coach Brent Pry said. “Our best personnel, and the things we do the best, and where we can create a few more challenges.”

“Just seeing what we have to clean up in order to win these games, the techniques, our hands, feet, the little things, that’s mostly where we beat ourselves, in the little things,” defensive tackle Norell Pollard added.

Part of that self-scouting included shelving the lunch pail, a decision made by the defensive staff and head coach Brent Pry.

Defensive Coordinator Chris Marve said it was less about motivation and more that the players need to understand the standard at Virginia Tech, and what it will take to earn it back.

“I think we like to focus on our interlocks of control, we want it to be personal, something we take a lot of pride in on a daily basis and go out and earn, so it’s not a motivational tactic, it’s the reality for us,” Marve said.

“I’ve been around teams who have been struggling a bit, not getting the wins they wanted,” Pry said. “I think the guys are still very encouraged, as I am, about the good things they do see, and they believe we can certainly go out there and earn a W on Thursday. That’s got the guys motivated to work so let’s go win the game.”

The Hokies will face N.C. State next on Thursday, Oct. 27.

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