2014 Preview: Running backs

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.