The Fisher Law Firm Friday Q&A: Running Back Rotation, Unknown Players, And More

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1) Name an out of nowhere (i.e. unexpected) player who may end up contributing heavily this fall, if any. – OXVT

Chris Coleman: I’ll try to name one on each side of the ball.

Your average Virginia Tech fan still doesn’t know who wide receiver Damon Hazelton is.  The Ball State transfer sat out last season after transferring from Ball State.  At the ACC Football Kickoff, I think Josh Jackson mentioned Hazelton’s name more than any other receiver.  I wasn’t sure about his injury situation during the spring, but apparently everything is good there now, and it sounds like there’s a good chance he’ll be starting.

I know that most of us here know who Damon Hazelton is.  But chances are the guy sitting next to you in Lane Stadium won’t know anything about him.  You can tell that guy that Hazelton had to go to Ball State out of high school because he didn’t play wide receiver until he was a senior.  He was a running back before that.  Had he been a wideout during his entire career, I’m sure he would have been a higher ranked recruit.

My backup pick for offense could be James Mitchell, who I’ve heard has had a very good summer.  He’s rooming with Quincy Patterson.  Mitchell enrolled at 6-3, 234.  I assumed he would be in the 210-220 range.  He’s much more physically mature that I would have projected.

Defensively, I’ll go with redshirt junior defensive tackle Xavier Burke.