Spring Football: VT Lacks Proven Runners

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Virginia Tech will head into spring practice with a very thin depth chart at tailback. David Wilson is gone, Josh Oglesby is gone, and Tony Gregory is out while recovering from a torn ACL. Those three guys were the top three players on the depth chart last season. Shane Beamer is starting from scratch this spring.

I don’t think there is much doubt that Michael Holmes will be Virginia Tech’s starting running back. How the depth shakes out behind him is another question. Shane has plenty of names to choose from, but it’s basically from a pool of walk-ons and freshmen. How the depth chart looks at the beginning of the spring could be a lot different from the way it looks at the end.

Note that we aren’t going to include Tony Gregory in this preview, because he’s out for the spring. And after Michael Holmes , I’m not listing players in any particular order. I don’t have any idea how Shane Beamer is going to arrange the depth chart heading into the spring.

Michael Holmes

Michael Holmes (5-11, 212, r-Fr.)

Holmes had an impressive August for Virginia Tech, including a 54 yard performance on 11 carries in Virginia Tech’s first scrimmage. The coaching staff considered playing him as a true freshman, but in the end they elected to redshirt him.

Holmes put up Darren Evans type numbers in high school. In his last two seasons, he ran for a total of 5,625 yards and scored 81 rushing touchdowns. In high school, he ran behind a fullback most of the time, so it will be interesting to see how much the Tech coaching staff incorporates the fullback into the offense this season.

Tech’s running