Dawgs well aware of Hokies' BeamerBall

ATLANTA – Kelin Johnson had heard all the talk about BeamerBall for years.

Now, he's finally seen it for himself.

"On film you can tell, their technique, how they move, how they use their hands, the time they put into it because everything is so crisp," Johnson said. "They don't sit around, they're quick off the ball. That's been successful for them."

The No. 14 Hokies (10-2), who play Georgia on Saturday night in the Chick-fil-A Bowl, have blocked 113 kicks in Coach Frank Beamer's 239 games, including five this year (three punts and two field goals).

"That's the talk of the week," Johnson said. "You have to win special teams. In order for it to be a close game, our special teams have to be stout. If we don't do that, it'll be a sloppy game."

In the 1990s, Virginia Tech blocked more kicks than any team in Division I-A, but Georgia punter Gordon Ely-Kelso said the key is not to be intimidated by the Hokies.

"Even with a great block team, you can't think about that," he said. "As a punter, as soon as you start thinking about punts getting blocked, you're going to have a bad game. Honestly, if any team sells out on a block and wants to go after it, it's going to be that with anybody. Obviously, they've found something, and they block kicks a lot, but any team is always a threat."

Virginia Tech does more than just block kicks. It finished first in the ACC in kickoff coverage and second in punt return average and field goal percentage.


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