Running Back Thoughts: Big Plays, The Rotation, and How Terius Wheatley Could Fit In

Deshawn McClease
The numbers indicate that Deshawn McClease is Virginia Tech’s best running back. (Photo by Ivan Morozov)

It’s no big secret that Virginia Tech needs to generate more big plays from the running back position this year. The fans talk about it, the coaches talk about it, and even the players themselves talk about it.

Last year, Virginia Tech’s longest run from scrimmage came from quarterback Josh Jackson, for 46 yards in the season opener against West Virginia. Coleman Fox had a 35 yard run against UNC after the game had already been decided. Each of Tech’s main running backs last year did not have particularly long gains…

Deshawn McClease: 23 yards
Travon McMillian: 23 yards
Jalen Holston: 14 yards
Steven Peoples: 13 yards

Driving the length of the field over 10 to 12 play drives is very difficult. All teams need to generate big plays to generate points, and the Hokies lacked that big play ability last season, especially in the running game.