Frank Beamer noted after Saturday’s loss to Pitt that the coaching staff would talk about making some personnel changes. He went into greater detail during Monday’s press conference.
The first name Beamer mentioned was defensive back Greg Stroman.
“He’s going to be a wide receiver full time,” Beamer said. “We think he’s a great playmaker.”
Stroman provided a spark on jet sweeps against Cincinnati in the Military Bowl. However, his play in the secondary has left a bit to be desired. The move makes sense, considering Tech has no depth at all at wide receiver. Demitri Knowles and Kevin Asante haven’t played at all, with the exception of the fourth quarter against Furman.
Stroman’s future position is still a question mark, but for now he’s a wide receiver.
“I told him we’d meet again before the spring and decide where he wants to go from there,” Beamer said. “But for now I feel like getting some playmakers on offense…we need that.”
Many Tech fans have been wanting answers with regards to the running back rotation. Beamer addressed that on Monday as well, though he didn’t go into specific details.
“We sat down and talked about who needs to be touching the ball,” Beamer said. “I’m not going to get into that, but there’s only so many touches in a game and percentage wise you better have the right people touching the ball.”
Tech’s running backs combined for just 13 carries against Pitt, after carrying it only 17 times against East Carolina. The season numbers break down like this…
Will we finally see more Travon McMillian on Friday night? We’ll find out soon.
Beamer also mentioned two true freshmen, including offensive tackle Yosuah Nijman.
“Nijman, offensive tackle, he’s 6-7 and athletic,” Beamer said. “We want to get him in there and play him more.”
Junior offensive tackle Jonathan McLaughlin struggled a lot against Pitt, and he’s not enjoying his finest season overall.
True freshman linebacker Tremaine Edmunds was also mentioned by name.
“Tremaine Edmunds, we want him to come along,” Beamer said. “He’s a talented guy. We’d like to get him more plays in there. We’d like to see him challenge a little more at linebacker.”
Edmunds plays the backer position, where he backs up Deon Clarke. Clarke started slowly last season before picking it up in November. His performance has been up and down so far in 2015, and the Hokies believe Edmunds the backer of the future. Beamer didn’t guarantee that Edmunds would start seeing time on defense, but he made it obvious that he hopes he comes along quickly.