Prybar Hunger Drills insider takes…

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The Hokies are (allegedly) back to making hard work, fu’n. And yet… let me guess… you are hungry for something mo’ real, right? Something that gleans behind the scenes? Something other than Wells-Fargo is from da’ 3o4. Something other than Pry came up defensively under Foster and still enjoys giving the Almond Brothers a spin. Something beyond DAX has added some right-mass upstairs, to bro-grow into mo’ of a Monsta of the Midway MLb1 run-fighting pitch-a-fit? Oh, wait… did Eye just give a scoop away? Shame on me… though and nevertheless, a man’s gotta Owens Dining Hall, eat; rights? So, we are getting ready to cook… on today’s menu we see some tasty Prybar Techbits on how he culturalizes and how he defensively coaches to boot. Bite down hard TSL… there are only 12-odd P.A.T.T.y-cake V.P.I. Honeymoon shopping days… left!

Hungry to change our circumstances. Hungry to work. And that’s what this team at Virginia Tech is gonna be about.” —Coach Pry, (himself)

Hunger drills opened @6AM; albeit with a you had better be at least 10-minutes early unofficial, official; caveat. (Though only twice/week to start). Interesting, was it not?

READERS NOTE: …unless annotated erstwhile… all quotes are from B.P. his ownself…

“We are gonna coach mentality every bit as much as we are gonna coach fundamentals and scheme.”

“The more maturity we put on the field the better unit (O, or D, or ST’s) we are gonna have.”

Prybar Principles:

Patience grasshoppers… these will not suffer being finished or fully downloaded on the Q.T.

  1. Engage/activate find/study and create: elite skills, qualities, and mentalities.
  2. Reach your potential. (Leave no headroom behind or above). Be the best at your position. Win every drill (at your position) in the Winter. Be the best …Dt1, De1, Lb1, Cb1, or S1. #Alpha!!!
  3. Accountability. This was said to be the top-down lynchpin of the very initial workout #1. Both on-field an off; and recall there was some kick bottom’s-up felt here. Pry says this is how you create a culture determined to get what it wants. A culture where it does not matter happens, you will not be denied.
  4. Team concepts only. (NO mo’ individuals need apply; plurality 1o1). Selflessness… whispers say that Pry was not happy with what he found here. The team concept had become less important than the individuals. If you think what is more important for you is more important than the team then you are not at the right place. Pry says that team success is the leader that the individual athlete will follow. (Tho’… you do gotta win to make true on dat; do understand).
  5. Football I.Q. (Pry himself is a professor or at Magna Cum Laude of sorts). He is a textbook writer, not just a teacher. No joke.
  6. Have an aggressive mindset of… improvement. (T.Q.M. or ‘Shinjo’ in Japanese terms). Stop making excuses, and start hitting weaknesses straight on.
  7. Speed: “Fast & Furious” Vin Diesel is smiling… although Pry did say he rarely asks for or monitors actual stop-watch workout clockings. He rather monitors game speed and/or how fast they actually play the game. 4.8’s (forty timing) who play the game at… 4.6! (Emmitt Smith harkens to mind here…)
  8. Train for: Agility and Explosiveness. You can’t play defense for us and be worried about your body or about banging {sic: up} the same. Change of direction is paramount here. (We, heard and confirmed this from several ballers over the Blacksburg Cellar/Arnold’s summer mind you. Numerous ones, even. He wants sudden players who are cat-quick. And it was obvious to us… that he is preferring and training them for quickness over pure speed. (Meaning: you are quick enough more often than not to win inside the box and keep the play inside the 10’ish-yard (Ot)-box. Even if you cannot run it down from behind if it pops clean and breaks 3rd-layer contain vs. the same).

    +25, nice; touch!
  9. +++Mental Attitude. (This guy is mostly ½-full). Work is an opportunity to get better. It will be hard to get better if your attitude sucks and we will put you in tough circumstances. You gotta preserve. (“This is when Leaders emerge, or guys go out the side door and hang their S up.” Direct quote 1o1). You have to take coaching and not be afraid of hard conversations. “There’s no room for sensitivity.” (Direct quote 1o2). Ballers need you to tell them the truth if they want to get better. No bitching. No excusing. No heroes (no selfie back-patters is what he actually meant).
  10. Be early and be… ready! (Ballers are expected to ‘warm-up’ and stretch and be properly taped/braced up BEFORE S&C drills erupt. (This affords the Staff max’ S&C time)). I liked this one personally quite a bit… chronometrics Max is not a dum’ accomplishment max’, look.
  11. Toughness. Pry is a big guy on body position. Measures and evaluates knee and ankle bend (amounts) alike to look for the minimum inflection to be successful. XL-sized chute drill guy— where you’d better bend, or you and your got cuffed/caught headgear, will. Big foot-fire guy. Which is a corollary of knee and ankle bend in textbook terms. This… the Norris Hall savants in you will recognize as the E.S.M. or applied-mechanics concept of… “leverage”! “Explosion that comes outta his ass and his hips and his quads.” (Direct quote 1o3).
  12. Leadership. This one is extrinsic as a foci of control goes… are you respected by all? If “yes” you could be a leader. If not, “no”, you won’t. Guys who earn and command respect and who you (as a coach) already know what you are gonna get out of them when the game is on the line.
  13. Discipline. Work ethos is core value #1. Period. End. There is no substitute for it; you have to bring that to the table. He did not precisely enumerate this (drill to drill), tho’ he did mention discipline is defined as a: “finish point“. Very interesting… never quite heard it put ending or finality-wise just that way. Tho’ “telos” or goal in Greek technically means ‘end’. Or, rather it is not where you start, as so as it is where you… finish. (Ahead at 4Q o:oo is better than even big leading at halftime… something akin to that). This was prolly my favorite part… never heard discipline defined as: ‘finish point‘ before; and this is my 7th decade in sports. “Thx” @Coach God.
  14. Attention to detail(s). Day-to-day in order for it to apply to football. His second outside-in thingy mind you. Or the other 22 hours as one of his assistant coaches put it to us. (i.e., you practice about 2 hours on a normal regular-season workweek per day). So, what did you do with the other 91.67% of your, day?
  15. Pursuit. Once the (foot) ball declares (its play-side intent/direction); “how quickly do you react?” That is what he meant here. You gotta go get ’em A.S.A.P, once you I.D. where they really are (heading).
  16. Drive. Pry says he ‘really evaluates them‘ when he knows they are tired. Are you still busting your tail? Do you fight hard, tired? You had better be able to play with some pain and work through some pain. Pain is integral to the game; or to the… gain. Also said… drive is what happens when pursuit and play collide. How ‘violent’ are you once you get there and find them (the ball-carrier)? This part is EXTREMELY Lombardi –esque. Vincent was very big on responcing to: ‘pain’.
  17. Competition. “You are now entering the most competitive environment in football.” (Compared to what high school football required of you he means). Wanting to win at everything overcomes anything fatigue-wise. This is what allows you to get, better; yourself. The will to win makes victors of us all.
  18. …brotherhood! Which he interestingly enough defined as: “shared adversity“. Not as shared fu’n, or good times; or shared middleocrity, or shared anything else… “shared adversity” folks.
    “We’re the only ones doing this— it’s us right here together.”
    “WE are what matters.”
    A Band of Brothers.

19a. (sourcing says that Pry is NOT gonna turn (halt-unit) play-calling over at; at least not yet(s), time=tell here… that’s a pretty big chi or energy ask to me).
i.e., we wonder how his Thanksgiving energy level, feels?

He said, mutually, that he was pretty pleased with the early culture and yet that the present culture was not (yet) where he wants it to be. Very interesting… extremely.
He said that getting the ‘culture right’ was the most important thing on the football team.
More important than anything else.


Pry is a pretty dang innovative guy...

…lottsa interesting even a bit rulebook quirky drilling in lieu of pure run-laps S&C is already being, born.

see what he bombing away, means?

Among them… lotta rally to the ‘ball team/gang looks.

…lottsa defensive handsy looks. Both L.O.S., rushing and in coverage. Like he went to some kinda Bill Russell crossover seminar or something… wild!

…he teaches a lotta different tackling(s). Lead with the facemask into the center of the target as your base. Lombardi taught this. (Some like P.s.u. of j.Ham yesteryear era teach lead with the shoulder. Some teach helmet first, then slide over to finish the halt with the shoulder). …he teaches a lotta angularity to the given plays’ tackle circumstancing. Very much Coach Euclidean himself.

Pry-bars… 1o1!

…he has a lotta split-(Tackling)-drills… these are tricky as your left side defends one thing and your right side defends the other. Like ‘gettin’ after a Qb1 when he has yet to full (upfield) commit to the R. or the P. in the R.P.O. Ambidextrous football 1o1…

He has his own (nearly) unique set of Qb shoulder/reads tells that should indicate the depth of a throw. (Hint: think front-shoulder tilting ⬆️/⬇️, up=deeper, right?)

This guy ain’t head-game or innovationally had on the cheap.

WARNING Will Robinson… it is gonna take a minute or three for our refurbished halt-unit to grow into all of this… trust me. (And we have NOT had the highest kinetic or classroom whispers surrounding us for a Fu’ seasons… so, take a very deep 2o22 breath). Don’t turn O&M blue in the face for it men. There are gonna be some Learning & Experience Curve misQ’s alike.

Beamerball big on find ‘ball, get ‘ball… defensively advance the ball on gaining possession at all times/costs. This should be familiar to some of you… Pry had 3-different drills for conditioning this.
Very much j.Madden pig(skin)-n-the-blanket type of football.
HUGE like k.Kong XXXL-sized scoop-n-score guy.

CAVEAT being: this will butterfingers a recovery or two that defenders botch/mishandle at times.

Coach Chris Christopherson 1o1, anyone?

Red-zone bow your damn back and try harder sticker to boot.

Similarly… has his very own in-house set of ‘punch’ drills. Strip drills. Helmet drills. Think Shame Beamer’s boxing glove gone defensive.

…and my personal favorite, he makes you (defensively) practice being… ‘held’!
LOL! …that’s just plum awesome!

His goal is for his defense to create three takeaways per game.

His very own parlance for all of this you asks?
Championship… habits❗️”


Pry is not known to be a really high rep/P.T. 2’s and 3’s guy… pretty Pat Riley… here are my Showtime 60% Hall of Famer starting 1’s… they will take us to the promised land unless a 2 or a 3 really breaks through and makes a liar outta me. This is (maybe) okay, it does requisite calling R&R timeouts just because… (or to give your own guys an S&C in-game breather, no matter the tally up on the scoreboard). You also script your (limited) rotations around TV timeouts, to give starters their series off + the telly commercial wraparound max’ breather or max’ break to boot. The Winner Within per Riles hits this really well if you need(s) mo’ material.

OBSERVE: the ball punch orthodox side!

Different guy with a kinda little bit of Beamer “Ahhhh shucks” podank or at least countrified throwback demeanor. This will be hip-hop meets hic-hop; although the early returns are that he has a certain sense of legit ‘presence’ and therefore “command” to him that has been missing for a half decade+. Kra-kra looking bright light blue-eyes too. Could be a Brawny Towels or a flannel poster boy. (Prior to that… it was a legit sense of top-down caring, love, and family/therapy 1st, 2nd, third, next, middle, penultimate, and last that motivate hearts via filling the same). There are similarities, (Frank vis-à-vis Pry); tho’ this is not a surrogate or grandpa coaching regiment or regime or Beamer Way.


"We gotta cut through the crap, I'm not about playing games, I'm about Virginia Tech!"

This is a very coaching the verb: high-patience duality type defensive-set. Literally.

You are asked to physically do two things simultaneously, all at once. (See: P.s.u. vs. Pitt pic… tackling+punch splits).

Whispers say he has found 1 O and 1 D leader… they also say he is on the hunt for one or two more per side.

…whispers say this will be a situational O, or multiple depending upon what they are expecting or in-game catching in the teeth. This will take a spell to cook as well folks… though wethinks the O is ahead of the D (at full strength).

Grant Wells poppa-bear… a Hokie (Chris Coleman) has already ghosted and reported… tho’… did he tell you that he was a Kennedy Award Finalist as an all-WVa. H.S. Qb1? This kid (Grant) is not only from a passing-fancy family, he’s from a very right-side of the tracks, family to boot. Like the 3o4’s East Egg. Think of him as our very own Dub.Vee’s Pennsylvania Avenue Calvin Hill went monopoly and begot Grant Hill. Let’s hope our Grant turns out every bit as… right.

His dad was the 3o4‘s stud Qb1, literally!

R.A.T.T.: ...Coach Brent Pry is, what?

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Pry also uses the swagg of: …his D must be: “Up G“.

  3. …playars… play, yo’!


  1. …in short… observe the hiking of unit-on-unit crime!
  2. …likewise, notice how our kids look like they just went to a swim team meet in Duck Pond at the end of the football practice, day.
…are they beginning to “buy”… “in”?
Eye, wonder…


Prying Eye’s wants to know 1o1

Elder Coach Pry is an ex-Qb1 of Ferrum College— where an injury ended his career on the premature. Coach God Bless. Tho’ this is why youngling Coach Pry is from West “by God” Virginia! As oldest Coach Pry got going @Marshall and then had a rather successful stint up at Lewis County High School in Weston, W.Va. Then at Beckley. After which he was a nearly never seen double-dipping, offensive, AND defensive coordinator mutually at West Virginia Tech for two years.

Afterward… and like father like son -sadly enuf- our Coach Pry II lettered as a high school Qb1, then as a starting defensive back at the University of Buffalo, before suffering a career-ending injury. Same as his old man, which launched his coaching career as an undergraduate student in 1992. Later he found the time to go’on and git hitched…

Pry and his wife, Amy, are the parents of a son, Colby, and two daughters: Madeline and Catherine.
Lotta coaching the verb, here!

Further… Coach (Brent) Pry is the son of Coach (Jim) Pry. That’s M.A.C. Champion (older) Coach Pry to you and me. And the elder Pry sure as hell looks like an older version of “clear eyes, full hearts, can’t L!”. Or coach Eric Taylor of Friday Night Lights TV series fame.

(Sourcing says that daddy Coach Pry was helping son Coach Pry break down @O.d.u. tape back in early July over in Blacksburg, Va., too!)

Further… Pry’s father, Jim, played collegiately at Marshall and began his own 40-year odyssey of a college coaching career at his alma mater in 1973-74. The elder Pry went on to enjoy a distinguished career that included stints at Illinois, Duke, Dartmouth, Akron, East Stroudsburg University, Buffalo, VMI, and Bethune- Cookman, as well as time as a 3o4 high school head coach. The Elder Coach Pry has nearly always worked directly with the quarterbacks, the Elder Pry is known for turning in high-powered offensive schemes and units. Including being: an (FCS) season leader in passing efficiency. Being a MEAC leader in pass efficiency. Being ranked 3rd or better in-conference in rushing O in a quorum of his coaching years, plural! The Elder Coach Pry led the NCAA Division II in total offense and passing offense.

And frankly, Eye stopped trying to add all his recs up… he’s an LP old-school vinyl National Record Mart store just begging to happen. And he only holds mind-boggling 27 V.M.I. offense records. That’s all, he sucks.

Like father ¦ like son!
Father Knows Best… or so we all Coach Robert Young, hope!

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  1. I like what I hear B-st. Sounds like a winner. It takes a winner to MOLD winners!..Great info …Thanks

    1. You are perfectly welcome RIT.

      Thanks fo’ reading– that one was just plum fun to write.
      The honor was all mine.


  2. Thank you I enjoyed this article and your insight on some questions i was in a wait and see mode like the additional mass for Dax.

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