BLACKSBURG — Virginia Tech’s spring video game on Saturday didn’t do considerably to progress the operating back again level of competition.
The Hokies split up the roster into two squads — the Maroon Staff received 26-10 about the White Crew — and the coaching workers evenly distributed the talent amongst them.
Tech’s offenses combined for 156 hurrying yards on 39 carries, but people numbers acquired a increase from backup quarterbacks Tahj Bullock and Devin Farrell, who each and every experienced explosive operates in the 2nd 50 %.
The functioning backs only accounted for 20 carries for 73 yards (3.7 yards for every carry).
“I wouldn’t say I was unhappy, but standing guiding (the line of scrimmage) there was not a good deal of room for individuals backs out there right now,” Virginia Tech mentor Brent Pry claimed, after the video game.
The most productive of Tech’s 9 scholarship operating backs was Keshawn King. The fourth-calendar year again experienced five carries for 25 yards and caught two passes for 11 yards taking part in on the Maroon Group.
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King experienced a wonderful 12-property acquire around the left facet early in the 3rd quarter by creating a decisive slice at the line of scrimmage to uncover the hole.
The Florida native’s knack for explosive performs for the duration of spring camp has set him in the combine for enjoying time this drop. That effectiveness catching the ball out of the backfield has assisted his stock as perfectly. He has 11 receptions in his vocation for 206 yards and three of these went for 25 yards or much more.
Freshman working back again Chance Black has a equivalent skillset and was the only other operating back to catch a go. He had 4 carries for 9 yards and two catches for 10 yards on the White Workforce.
The longest operate of the day came from the White Team’s Jalen Hampton on a single of the final plays of the sport. He averted linebacker Tre Maxwell coming off the left aspect and attained 21 yards. The significant rotation of backs meant his two carries arrived a few quarters apart.
Tech veteran functioning back again Jalen Holston got some operate early with three carries for 12 yards on the Maroon Team’s very first drive. He’s taken a backseat at moments this spring when the coaching personnel seemed to assess some of the a lot less knowledgeable backs they really do not have film on.
Holston is effortlessly the most knowledgeable back again on the roster as a 2017 signee coming back for his sixth year with 226 carries less than his belt. His working day ended on a substantial take note when he knocked above corner DJ Harvey with a rigid arm on a 12-property acquire late in the initially quarter.
Tech functioning backs Malachi Thomas, Marco Lee and Jordan Burnson didn’t have any touches on Saturday regardless of getting dressed out. Thomas was restricted at Thursday’s practice during parts open to the media with an ankle injury. The second-calendar year back attained large praise from Pry throughout spring camp as the team’s most consistent player at the place.