When RB/WR Raheem Blackshear left Rutgers for Virginia Tech, I figured from his profile the Hokies were bringing him in as a jet-sweep specialist. At 5’9”, 192, he’s low and dense, and as a tailback he’s used to carrying the ball in traffic. Compare that to the lanky traditional receivers Tech used on jet sweeps, and the frequent fumble issues that resulted from their carries. Jerry Kill seemed to love him (as his former OC at Rutgers), which meant he had a combination of skill, work ethic, and competitiveness that would allow him to excel at just about any role the Hokies decided to use him.
The only problem with my theorizing is that Blackshear didn’t run these plays. Pro Football Focus charted him as running a grand total of four receiver rushes in his entire career at Rutgers. Instead, Blackshear was a whiz at running off-tackle/off-end (especially on Split-Zone), in the tailback screen and swing game, and catching short throws in the slot. Sam Rogers is the last Hokie I can think of who did all these things, albeit in a fullback’s body. Also like Rogers, Blackshear was also all over the field. He lined up at wing, in-line...
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