Virginia Tech Football Scouting Report: Jalen Holston

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Jalen Holston, Virginia Tech
Jalen Holston should have a bigger role in 2019. (Ivan Morozov)

Jalen Holston (RB, #13) came on strong late last season, and if this year’s team is going to be better, I think he needs to be a workhorse, do-everything back like we’ve seen from Sam Rogers and Steven Peoples. I don’t have confidence that last year’s other runners can be primary backs, and I don’t trust the more robust players behind them to have a full sense of the playbook. Holston doesn’t excel at any one thing, but he’s got a nice blend of traits that can make him a versatile player if everything comes together for him.

The first thing that jumps out about Holston is that he likes hitting people. He’s not built like a bowling ball, and he’s not just powering over people, but his game is about impact more than wiggle. This play isn’t flashy, but it shows what I’m talking about:

It’s the end of the half, and Holston’s called on to stick his nose in a mess on three straight snaps. The whole stadium