McMillian and Motley Highlight Short Scrimmage

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Virginia Tech held a limited 54-play scrimmage on Saturday afternoon.  There wasn’t as much to take away from the scrimmage as usual, as the coaching staff elected to sit some of their veteran players in order to get a better look at their younger guys.

On the other hand, we got to see more of those younger players than expected.  Those who performed well can now go on to potentially challenge the veterans for playing time.

Obviously the young player who stood out was Travon McMillian.  The r-freshman had a 52 yard touchdown run, and finished with five carries for 71 yards.  He read the hole properly on his long run, got through it quickly, and beat Adonis Alexander to the endzone.  Even without the long run, he still had 19 yards on his other four carries.  I thought he had a good day, and I can’t wait to see what he can do in future scrimmages.

I believe that McMillian has earned the right to be Tech’s #3 back at this point in time.  He’s better than Joel Caleb, in my opinion, and I don’t think it’s particularly close.

DJ Reid got work at tailback as well.  He didn’t do much, but his carries came behind the #2 offensive line, which isn’t exactly conducive to success around these parts.  The refs did blow the whistle too early on him on one play, as he escaped Yosuah Nijman’s grasp, reversed his field, and ran for a big gain.  However, the refs blew the play dead in the backfield.

I think walk-on true freshman Steven Peoples ran the ball well in his limited action.  He’s listed as a fullback, but he can get carries from the tailback position as well.  He will likely redshirt, but he’s got the potential to help the Hokies.

One last note about the running backs: Trey Edmunds and JC Coleman didn’t play, and I don’t recall Joel Caleb getting any work either.

The offensive line situation…well, it’s exactly as I thought it would be.  I thought the starting group performed pretty well, and the backups looked bad.  Note that the starting defense is missing