The principal method for doing so has been forcing fumbles by training players to rip balls out of opponents’ grasp. (Tech has three interceptions, tied for fewest in the ACC.) The Jackets forced eight fumbles in the first four games but only one in the past three games, including none against Virginia. Thacker suggested, as the season progresses and injuries take their toll on players, that plays in practice get whistled dead more quickly, thus limiting opportunities to practice yanking or punching out the ball.
“We cannot let that pass,” he said.