Scrimmage #2: Tough Decisions Ahead

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Scrimmage #2 is in the books.  The coaching staff will decide who will and will not redshirt, set their two-deep, and then the Hokies will dive head first into preparation for Georgia Tech.

As expected, the defense responded after playing not-so-well on Saturday.  They were much better on Wednesday.  Yet there was still enough offense on display (464 yards on 99 plays) to make us feel good about that unit as well.

Trey Edmunds

Trey Edmunds

I’m very impressed with Trey Edmunds .  In two scrimmages, he has amassed 102 yards on 20 carries.  He’s big, he’s fast, and he’s a load to bring down.  He got 12 carries in Wednesday’s scrimmage, including a few with the #2 offense.  The coaches clearly wanted to take a long look at Edmunds before deciding whether or not to redshirt him.  They’ve got a few things to consider:

1) He’s young.  Edmunds skipped a grade, and he won’t turn 18 until late December.  He should still be a senior in high school.

2) He has a fumbling issue.  Edmunds carries the ball loosely.  He put the ball on the ground in Wednesday’s scrimmage as a result.

3) Future progression.  Edmunds isn’t in the two-deep right now.  However, he is the most physically gifted back on the team.  Could he potentially move up the depth chart and be a contributor by the end of September?  Possibly.

4) Pass blocking.  Edmunds didn’t miss any blocks on Wednesday.  He looked very good … very good when he didn’t miss an assignment, that is.  A couple of times he went out in a pass pattern when he was supposed to stay in and block, and that led to sacks. A couple of other times, he hit Jarontay Jones hard and stopped him cold.

I’ll be surprised of Edmunds doesn’t redshirt.  He’s got great potential. 

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