Waiting to be on the sidelines, Hamilton preps Hokies defense remotely

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BLACKSBURG, Va. (WFXR) — When it comes to winning games, COVID-19 has somehow not slowed down the Hokies, despite being short-staffed for the second week in a row.

Virginia Tech returned to the Associated Press Top 25, ranked at 19th this week, and is 2-0 heading into a match-up with No. 8 North Carolina.

Tech played without 21 players and two coaches because of COVID19 issues. The list of absentees included defensive coordinator Justin Hamilton, who has yet to make his sideline debut this season during a game.

But head coach Justin Fuente assured reporters on Monday that Hamilton is still playing a big role in preparing the Hokies defense.

“I know he is not in the Bahamas or something because I see him every day,” Fuente said. “He is in our staff meetings. And he can hold position meetings remotely. At least he still has access to the films from practice. He is able to game plan. He is doing it from home with a brand new baby. I am sure it is a stressful time for everybody in that house. He is intimately involved with what is going on just from a distance.”

Following Saturday’s 38-31 win over Duke, a trio of Hokies were recognized by the ACC.

Khalil Herbert earned both Running Back and Specialist of the Week honors after his 357 all-purpose yards set a school record.

Christian Darrisaw earned co-offensive lineman honors while Emmanuel Belmar was named the defensive lineman of the week.

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