"Number one thing is learning how to play with your hands, and that's 1-A. And 1-B will be learning that the gaps move," he said. "The gaps aren't just 'X' on the field. The young guy, those gaps are moving quick in there sometimes.
"The 'A' gap is the space between the guard and the center, and it may be on the hash to start the play but it may be in the middle of the field during the play, and that's when they get lost in the shuffle and they look in the backfield, and then they lose track of the gap."
Samuel and his cohorts didn't lose track of much, as they held Ohio to 60 yards rushing. A year after struggling against everything and everybody, the Herd defense is sixth in the nation in rushing defense, averaging 67.0 yards against.
"Him and Rouse, and Steve Dillon, the three guys that played, I thought they did a really good job of controlling the inside rush lanes, the inside 'A' and 'B' gaps, and the run game," Price said.
Price is an old Hokie, a four-year letterman, All-Big East selection and third-team All-American. Before coming to Marshall in 2012, he coached with James Madison in a 21-16 loss in 2010 at Tech.
He served as graduate assistant at Tech in 2002-03, the first years of the south-end addition to Lane Stadium. That enclosed that end of the stadium, helping to make it one of the louder places in college football.
"When I first down there, there was some wooden bleachers [in the south end]," Price said. "Things have definitely changed. There's a great visitors' locker room; it will be my second trip in there. We're definitely looking forward to the challenge - it's just a great college football venue."
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