2012 Football Preview: Tailbacks

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One piece of information that came out of the ACC Kickoff is that highly-touted true freshman Trey Edmunds will begin his career at tailback.  Considering the depth issues the Hokies have at that position, this news hardly comes as a surprise.

Since the Edmunds news just recently came out, let’s take advantage of it and begin our preseason coverage of the 2012 Hokies with a preview of the tailbacks.

Michael Holmes

Let’s break down exactly where the Hokies stand at tailback, with spring practice as our guide.  Note that these heights and weights have not been updated since the spring for Tech’s returning players, and the heights and weights of true freshmen are taken from the time they were recruited.  We anticipate Virginia Tech to update their heights and weights when practice opens in August.

Michael Holmes , 5-11, 208, r-Fr.

Pencil in Holmes as Virginia Tech’s starter in the backfield.  He is Tech’s best overall back, when you combine all things such as speed, balance, vision, toughness, power, and natural running back skills.  He’s never played a down of college football, so he’s still a question mark.  Still, I think he’s a good fit for the type of offensive line that the Hokies will put on the field this season, assuming the starters at the end of the spring stay in place.

Running the ball is nothing new for Holmes.  He did it a lot in high school.  As a junior at Harrisonburg High School, he ran for 2,749 yards and 41 touchdowns.  He was a little bit better as a senior, with 2,877  yards and 41 touchdowns.  Those numbers are difficult to fathom.  The last Tech running back to put up those kind of numbers in high school was Darren Evans, and he turned into a very good college back.

Holmes isn’t going to wow anyone with blazing speed, but he does possess solid