2014 Preview: Running backs

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Scot Loeffler is preaching two things this preseason: limit turnovers, and crank up the running game.  That means the Hokies need more production from their backs this year.  While there are plenty of bodies, two key players have injury situations, while a true freshman is coming off a torn ACL.

With more options at all positions on offense this year, I think we’ll see more downhill running from Tech.  I believe that even the read option plays will feature the tailbacks as the inside option (which is better suited for most of them, in my opinion) and the quarterback as the outside option.  In the past, with battering ram Logan Thomas at quarterback, it was the other way around most of the time.

Whatever type of running game Scot Loeffler utilizes, and whichever backs end up earning playing time, the Hokies have to run the football better than they did last season.  That fact is undeniable.

Here’s a look at the players available to Loeffler and Shane Beamer.

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Trey Edmunds (6-1, 221, r-So.)

Edmunds ran for 675 yards and 10 touchdowns last season, while also catching 17 passes for 155 yards and two touchdowns.  He battled through a hip pointer in the middle of the season, and was most effective at the beginning and end of the year when he was healthy.

Unfortunately, Edmunds broke his left tibia during the UVA game after running for 93 yards on just 11 carries against the Hoos.  He missed all of the spring, and was cleared in July to participate in full football activities.  Though Edmunds is free to practice 100%, it’s unknown how quickly he’ll regain his speed and ability to make people miss in the open field, as well as the strength in his leg.

As Tech’s most productive runner last season, it’s very important that Edmunds get back to 100% as quickly as possible.  Tech is closing scrimmages this fall and plans

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