BLACKSBURG — In his 19 years as Virginia Tech’s defensive coordinator, Bud Foster has graded out 2,706 starting defenders, rewarding players with points for positive and exceptional plays and deducting them for things like mental errors and blown assignments.
A good score is in the high 40 s or 50 s. The two highest totals Foster has seen were Corey Moore’s 71 against Clemson in 1999 and Cornell Brown’s 70 in 1995 against West Virginia.
That is, until defensive end J.R. Collins took the field last Saturday against Marshall.
Collins was a terror in the Hokies’ 29-21 triple-overtime win against the Thundering Herd, finishing with this laundry list of stats: seven tackles, seven quarterback harasses, two sacks, one big hit, two exceptional plays, one caused fumble, one factor play and five extra miles.
All told, he had 73 points, a new record.
“It’s an honor,” Collins said. “Because Cornell and Corey Moore, they’re All-Americans. They have their numbers up in the stadium.”
“He’s ballin’ right now,” defensive line coach Charley Wiles said. “That one tackle they had couldn’t block him.”