Virginia Tech used fullback Sam Rogers extensively in the offense last season. Not only was Rogers deployed as a blocker, but the Hokies handed him the ball and used him in the passing game. Here are his numbers:
Rushing: 32 carries, 140 yards
Receiving: 20 catches, 230 yards, 1 TD
Last year was the first time in the ACC era that I can remember Virginia Tech using the fullback extensively in the offense. That’s mostly because the Hokies haven’t had a fullback capable of making things happen with the ball in his hands since the Big East era. That’s a big contrast from the 1990s, when Virginia Tech seemingly had great fullbacks who could make big plays every single year.
Thinking about how Sam Rogers was used last year made me ask some questions:
1: Exactly how productive were Virginia Tech’s fullbacks in the Big East era?
2: How much did that production drop off during the ACC era?
In part one of a series on fullback production, we’ll take a closer look at Tech’s fullbacks from 1993 through 2003 … the Big East era.
Virginia Tech used two primary fullbacks in 1993: Joe Swarm and Brian Edmonds. Though they only caught four passes combined, they were both used extensively in the running game. For Swarm, it was the end of a good career. For Edmonds, it was the beginning of what would become the most productive fullback career in Virginia Tech history.
Total touches: 134
Total yards: 718
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