On Wednesday afternoon, Virginia Tech running back Keshawn King announced his decision to enter the transfer portal.
Thank you all, its been an amazing ride. 🙏 pic.twitter.com/wPcfXr8ryo
— Keshawn King (@keshawnk25) January 18, 2023
A redshirt junior from Apopka, Fla., King rushed for 900 yards and six touchdowns on 182 carries in four seasons with the Hokies. He was an explosive threat for Tech in 2022, accounting for 680 all-purpose yards as a back, receiver and kick returner. His 65-yard touchdown against Boston College in September was the longest play of his career.
As a true freshman in 2019, King made an immediate impact, tallying 340 yards on the ground and another 154 through the air. In 2020, he appeared in just three games and never recorded an offensive snap. His production slightly increased in 2021 with 117 rushing yards.
However, it was 2022 when had the most success. With Malachi Thomas sidelined for much of the season with an injury, King was the featured back. Though he dealt with some injuries, he averaged a team-best 6.0 yards per carry.
On Friday, Jan. 13, Virginia Tech picked up a commitment from North Carolina A&T running back Bhayshul Tuten. The Paulsboro, N.J. native totaled 1,363 yards and 13 touchdowns on 208 attempts for the Aggies in 2022, and he finished the season with 11 consecutive 100-yard games on the ground.
Tuten’s addition took the Hokies to eight scholarship running backs. King’s departure brings the number back down to seven: Tuten, Thomas, Chance Black, Kenji Christian, Bryce Duke, Jeremiah Coney and Tralon Mitchell.
King is the 11th player to leave the Hokies’ program since the season ended in November. For a full breakdown of the 2023 Virginia Tech roster, click here.