Coach Justin Fuente, defensive coordinator Bud Foster On Hokies in camp

It's still a learning and feeling out process for coach Justin Fuente, defensive coordinator Bud Foster and the Hokies, as they get closer to the season-opener.

 At this point, Virginia Tech has had a few practices and time under its belt with coach Justin Fuente. And Fuente has had time to work with defensive coordinator Bud Foster through spring practice, the summer and the first two weeks of fall camp.

But it still will take more of practices and time for everything to fully be in sync. Still, Sunday during the Hokies' media day, Fuente and Foster said they like where the learning curve is right now. And it continues to get better.

"I feel like I have a pretty good handle on our team in terms of their character," Fuente said. "We have a selfless team who want to work hard and do their best. There is a certain work level needed in order to just give yourself a chance to win ball games. There are no guarantees but they have been willing to work that hard. This is important to them."

Even for Foster, who enters his 30th season at Virginia Tech, there's adjustments. Foster was asked about the phasing out of the WHIP linebacker position, for instance. But even as he makes adjustments to his scheme, there continue to be other adaptations as well.

"It's going to be a little bit different from the standpoint that there are some new faces," Foster said. "I am excited about that. We have a group that is working very hard. We need to find a fourth guy in a lot of spots right now. If we have two positions, we have three guys and we need to find a fourth guy. We want to feel comfortable, so we can compete and perform at a high level."

Check out their full interviews above from media day.


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