Notre Dame football at Virginia Tech: 3 Hokies who must be stopped
Dax Hollifield, Linebacker
As we take a deeper look into this Virginia Tech team we switch sides of the ball and head to the core of the Linebackers, Dax Hollifield. The junior has easily been their best defensive player in the 2021 campaign.
He sits at 6-foot-1 and 239 pounds and has caused absolute havoc on the offenses opposing him. He is second on the team in tackles coming in with 12 solo and 18 assisted tackles. He is a really good run-stopping linebacker that can diagnose plays very well.
However, his biggest struggle is definitely in coverage.
Notre Dame football needs to take advantage of his inability to cover running backs out of the backfield. I’m sure the offensive game plan will have to throws to both Kyren Williams and Chris Tyree out of the backfield, or even some seam routes for Michael Mayer over the middle of the field.
Hollifield may be a force to deal with in the run game or even if he comes on a blitz to get to the quarterback but Notre Dame should be able to handle his skill set with ease. Look to see Tyree or Williams have a big game this weekend with this matchup.