Virginia Tech Transfer Scouting Report: Khalil Herbert

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Khalil Herbert, Virginia Tech
Khalil Herbert should provide a boost to Virginia Tech’s running game. (

Last year Khalil Herbert caught the attention of Hokie fans even before he was a transfer target. He ran for 187 yards against a BC team that had just upset Virginia Tech, guiding Kansas to a win many (author included) thought was unlikely. Let’s look at the highlights that got Hokie fans excited (and let’s feel for former BC linebacker Mark Herzlich who has to keep his composure while watching from the booth.)

  1. 0:00—Herbert’s gun-left, with the formation strength to the right (which is where a runner in this position would be statistically likely to run just by virtue of crossing the QB on the mesh.) The call is a Split-Zone-style run tweaked with some Zone-Read-style arc flash to the right. Linebacker #14 (redshirt senior Max Richardson) comes up to fill, but over-pursues Herbert’s first probe to the right. It’s not a huge run, but it’s a good one. It’s also our first sign that Richardson’s going to be the pickle