Biggest questions, #2: Will RB production improve?

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When you hear Scot Loeffler talking about the need to get the running game going, he isn’t joking. Virginia Tech’s running back production over the last two seasons has been the lowest of the ACC era.

Let me go ahead and throw the numbers at you. Here’s a year by year look at how many yards Tech’s running backs have combined for since 2004, from most to least:

2009: 2,330
2011: 2,137
2010: 2,101
2005: 2,022
2004: 1,827
2008: 1,628
2006: 1,506
2007: 1,377
2012: 1,259
2013: 1,168

Three running backs in the ACC era – Darren Evans, David Wilson and Ryan Williams – had single season totals higher than the combined yardage of the running backs in the last two seasons.

Whenever the running game fails, there are generally a multitude of reasons. Last season, the Hokies didn’t have any strengths on offense that would benefit the running game.

1: Below average OL
2: Young and banged up running backs
3: No tight ends to block for the running game
4: True freshman fullback

When you’ve got all those problems, you probably aren’t going to be able to establish an effective running game with the tailbacks.


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