Travon McMillian, who ran for 1,043 yards and seven touchdowns as a redshirt freshman in 2015, plans to graduate and transfer from Virginia Tech.
McMillian announced the news on Twitter.
— Travon McMillian (@tmcmillian2) December 8, 2017
McMillian later told the Roanoke Times’ Andy Bitter that he will graduate after the spring semester, and will not play in the Camping World Bowl on Dec. 28.
Ever since bursting onto the scene in 2015, McMillian’s workload and production has steadily declined. McMillian received 200 carries in 2015, and then received 145 and 104 over the next two seasons. McMillian’s average yards per carry has also dipped, dropping from 5.2 in 2015 to 4.2 for 2017.
McMillian has been pushed out of the running back rotation multiple times in the last two seasons. Since rushing for 88 yards and a touchdown vs. Boston College on Oct. 7, 2017, McMillian has averaged over four yards per rush just once. McMillian carried the ball just once vs. Pittsburgh on Nov. 18, and carried the ball twice vs. Virginia to finish the season.
McMillian will have one year of eligibility remaining and because he is graduating, will be able to play right away at whatever school he transfers to.
Virginia Tech’s rushing attack has been up and down all year long. McMillian led the team is rushing with 439 yards, but had fallen out of favor in recent weeks. Steven Peoples returned from injury against Virginia, taking 22 carries for 71 yards. Deshawn McClease received 13 carries for 71 yards as well. Peoples and McClease figure to lead the Hokies’ running back rotation vs. Oklahoma State in the Camping World Bowl, with freshman Jalen Holston and redshirt sophomore Coleman Fox coming off the bench.