Tailback Depth Chart is Wide Open

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For the second year in a row, the battle for Tech’s starting tailback position is open. Last year Michael Holmes won the job with good scrimmage performances in the spring and in August, but he lost it to J.C. Coleman and others during the regular season.

Coleman’s experience and time at the top of the depth chart last season make him the likely candidate to start the spring at #1. It’s tougher to project the depth chart behind Coleman, but I do believe Trey Edmunds will be one of the top two guys by the time the Alabama game rolls around.

J.C. Coleman .

J.C. Coleman (5-8, 192, So.)

J.C. Coleman had a pretty good season for a true freshman. He rushed for 492 yards and averaged 4.5 yards per carry while catching 21 passes for 132 yards and another touchdown. However, that includes a couple of big runs against Duke. Throw out those two runs, and Coleman was as ineffective as Tech’s other running backs in 2012.

That obviously isn’t his fault. None of Tech’s running backs had a chance to be effective last season because of a poor offensive line, and the lack of a consistent passing game. The Hokies were just not a good offense last year, for a variety of reasons. Though Tech’s running backs were young and inexperienced, I think they are better players than they had a chance to show last season.

Coleman started six of 13 games a year ago, and that makes him the default starter heading into the spring. Though he’s not tall, he is bulky for his size. He also ran a 4.37 40 in last week’s testing. This is a guy who can move and make plays in the open field. The big issue last season was that Tech’s blocking was so poor that Coleman