He's not for certain, but freshman defensive back Kendall Fuller is pretty sure that his mother cries during Virginia Tech games. They're tears of happiness and also nervousness that her boys would make it through the game safe.
Mama Fuller is one of the few that haven't been able to watch as Kendall and his brother, Kyle Fuller have been a big part of what's been a shutdown Hokies defense. And coming off a bye week, the brothers Fuller are ready to pick right back up where they left off.
Part of that is continuing playful, brotherly competition that's helped each Fuller perform their best.
"I'm pretty sure in the back of my mind, I want more interceptions than him and he wants more interceptions," Kendall said. "If you ask all the defensive backs, I'm pretty sure everybody wants to have the most interceptions. It's not something we go out there and say, but it's definitely something all of us think about."
Kendall and Kyle each have two interceptions so far, for the record.
Before this season, Kyle, who's three years older, had never played with Kendall. If anything, the two are taking advantage of a rare opportunity.
"I actually don't think about it when we're out there playing," Kyle said. "If I'm just sitting around, I might think about it and think it's pretty cool. We're definitely having a lot of fun out there together."
And for Kendall, it's also about soaking everything up, including learning from his older brother.
"I couldn't even tell you one thing, it's just a lot of little things," Kendall said. "I can just remember sitting in the meeting room, just some of the mistakes I've made, Coach Gray would be about to say something and just be like, 'Kyle, you got him?' It's just a lot of little things that have helped me."