Caleb embraces move to tailback

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Some might be wondering how Joel Caleb feels about playing tailback.  He answered that question on Tuesday afternoon.

Joel Caleb

“I’d like the switch to be a permanent move,” Caleb said.  “I like touching the ball.  I feel like I’m a little bit more involved with the offense.  I would have no problem with staying there.”

This was certainly an unexpected change when it was announced on Monday.  Caleb, the #83 overall recruit in the country coming out of high school, was expected to play wide receiver for Tech.  In fact, he played that position while redshirting last season, and he stayed there during the spring.

However, with Michael Holmes no longer a part of the program, the Hokies wanted another bigger running back to get reps.

“Coach [Shane Beamer] talked to me about making the switch to running back because they need a couple of more bigger backs,” Caleb explained.  “I like it a lot.  I think it’s a good move for me and the football team as well.”

Caleb said he was 6-2, 203 currently, and he’s lost about 10 pounds since he enrolled last summer.  However, if he sticks at running back, he might have to add some more weight.

“I think they want me to put a little bit back on,” Caleb said.  “I feel like I move a little better with the weight I’m at now, but a couple pounds of muscle wouldn’t hurt at all.”

Though Caleb thought he was progressing well at wide receiver, he readily admitted that the transition from high school wildcat quarterback to college wide receiver was not an easy one.  The transition to tailback is much easier.

“Yeah, I think it’s a lot easier,” Caleb said.  “Reason being, I touched the ball pretty much every play in high school.  Just having the ball in my hands, I’m very used to that.”

If Caleb does stay at the running