Virginia Tech almost certainly won’t face another defensive front as talented as the one Clemson brought to Blacksburg last weekend.
However, Boston College’s Harold Landry, whom the Hokies will face in Week 6, might be the best single pass rusher they’ll see this season.
Landry, a consensus first-round NFL Draft prospect, led the FBS in sacks last season with 16.5. Through five games this year, however, Landry has just 2 sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss.
Nonetheless, Hokies coach Justin Fuente said in his Wednesday teleconference that the Hokies will “certainly have our hands full with him.”
“To me, he’s a pretty elite pass rusher,” Fuente said. “He seems to have a great mix of both speed and power in terms of being able to run around you, also being able to mix in a bull rush or up and under.”
Fuente also noted that the Eagles will line Landry up in a variety of different situations to create favorable matchups for him.
“They will stand him up and line him inside and try and get him matched up on people, and then line him out wide and let him really go.”
Because of Landry’s versatility, every member of Virginia Tech’s offensive line may have to block him at some point Saturday. However, the man who figures to see the most of Landry is left tackle Yosuah Nijman, who was recruited to Virginia Tech as a defensive lineman but who has blossomed into a solid offensive tackle this season.
“He continues to get better,” Fuente said of Nijmna. “It’s never really been a question of physical ability with ‘Nij.’ It’s always just been continuing to learn the game and refine the techniques.
“He’s improving daily out there.”
Nijman, for one, said he is excited for the opportunity to prove himself when facing Landry.
“It’s always fun to work toward the challenge of someone really good,” Nijman said Tuesday. “You see how good you really are. It’s exciting to play against those good players.”
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