Hokies hurting at tailback

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I’ve seen words like “deep” and “loaded” being used on the message boards to describe Virginia Tech’s running back situation. In the words of Lee Corso, not so fast my friend. There is no proven workhorse back, and injuries and a transfer are cutting into the depth.

Here’s a quick summary:

Trey Edmunds (r-So.): Though Edmunds has been cleared to practice full speed, according to head trainer Mike Goforth, Edmunds is “still working his way back from a broken leg suffered in the Virginia game eight months ago and back into football-specific movements.” In other words, he’s not going to be the same guy right away, and nobody knows how long it will take him to get back to where he was towards the end of 2013.

Marshawn Williams (Fr.): Williams suffered a hernia over the summer, and had surgery on July 25. He is expected to miss 3-6 weeks, and I very much doubt he’ll be ready for the beginning of the season. He’ll probably miss all of fall camp, and he won’t be in football shape when he returns for Ohio State, ECU, or whatever game turns out to be his first. Williams has also struggled with weight issues in his short time at Tech, and if he can’t work out at 100% during August, that means those pounds could start adding up.

In my opinion, those are Virginia Tech’s two best running backs when fully healthy, and probably neither one of them is going to be 100% for the entire season. In fact, I’d consider it a success if they were both 100% for half the season.

The bad news doesn’t stop there.

Chris Mangus (r-So.): Mangus recently decided to transfer because