Here, Sunseri talks about Virginia Tech's defense, and what will be challenging in facing them.
When it comes to running back Ray Graham, there is an even more noticeable confidence about him...and why not? Just two games into his senior season, after Pitt's coaching staff and medical team played it very close to the vest, Graham rushed for over 100 yards against Cincinnati. It was one of the few brightspots in an otherwise ugly game.
If you ever need to know about Isaac Bennett's attitude, consider this. Coming off a suspension after the first game, Shell went in the game before Bennett, and also carried the ball more. Bennett says he's okay with that. In fact, he's fine if all three running backs get the ball more--something that figures to be part of the gameplan going forward.
Not only does the offensive line look to Ryan Turnley and Chris Jacobson when things get rough, so does the rest of the offense. Turnley and Jacobson talk bout how they embrace that leadership, and also the challenges they see with this Virginia Tech defensive line.
When asked if there was one thing Jarred Holley feels could be an improvement for the defense right now, he cited communication. Not communication between players and coaches--better communication between the different units of the defense.
Based on what Holley says in this interview, keep an eye on the defense this week--to see how the secondary and linebackers communicate and adjust based on the calls. It will be interesting to see if better communication results in an improvement in this game. It's certainly a big key.
Aaron Donald was a little hard on himself this week. When asked if he feels he's seen more double-teams this year, Donald says he's seen them every play. Donald isn't being shifted around by the coaching staff to be freed up, nor is he getting much help from any of his linemates to help free him up. Instead, he's placing the blame on himself.