r-senior running back Branden Ore has left the Virginia Tech football program,
the athletics department announced on Wednesday. Ore’s departure, while not a
surprise, will make this a very important spring for some young and
inexperienced running backs.
Ore is a very good talent who saw his career go downhill after his tremendous
2006 season. For his career, he carried the ball 617 times for 2,776 yards and
31 touchdowns. He averaged 4.5 yards per carry for his career. His peak
performance was in 2006, when he had 241 carries for 1,137 yards and 16
His yards per carry averaged dropped each season at Tech. As a r-freshman in
2005, he averaged 5.9 yards per carry. In 2006 that dropped to 4.7, and last
year he was down to 3.7.
Ore was also a good receiver out of the backfield, catching 43 passes for 399
yards and two touchdowns in his career.
However, Ore was the type of player that could never keep himself out of the
coaches’ office. His past is filled with trouble, not necessarily off the field
trouble, but little things such as not showing up for workouts, being 45 minutes
late for an Orange Bowl practice, and staying home in Chesapeake for the second
summer session of 2007, instead of working out in Blacksburg.
With the departure of Ore, the starting running back position at Virginia
Tech is officially open. The Hokies return Kenny Lewis, Ore’s primary backup
from last season. Jahre Cheeseman also returns, and Josh Oglesby and Darren
Evans are rising r-freshmen. All four players have a chance to earn the job this
Highly-touted recruit Ryan Williams could also have a say in the battle when
preseason practice begins in August. For now however, Lewis, Cheeseman, Oglesby
and Evans will begin their battle when spring practice begins next Wednesday.