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Hokies Expect Physical Game From Rutgers

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The Virginia Tech football team will try to win a bowl game for the first time since 2009, when the Hokies face Rutgers in the Russell Athletic Bowl Friday in Orlando.

The teams are on the practice field in the Sunshine State, getting in their final preparations before the big game.

Both schools expect it to be a physical contest, whether it's the big receivers of the Scarlet Knights, or the ground attack of quarterback Logan Thomas, who led Tech with 528 yards rushing on 167 carries this year.

Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood says, "It's going to start with minimizing his effect on the running game, and for us, that always leads to good pass defense, and it leads to turnovers."

Hokies defensive coordinator Bud Foster says, "I've been impressed with their receiving corps. They're big, they're athletic, they catch the ball well, and they can run after the catch."

Junior cornerback Antone Exum adds, "I'd rather cover the big guys, because they're physical, and so am I, so it plays right into my game."

Virginia Tech and Rutgers will square off Friday at 5:30 pm in Orlando.

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