Virginia Tech Spring Practice Thoughts: The Running Back Rotation

Virginia Tech, Jalen Holston
Jalen Holston has dropped weight in an effort to get quicker. (Virginia Tech sports photography)

With the departure of Khalil Herbert, Virginia Tech loses its best and most productive running back since David Wilson.  Herbert racked up 1,183 rushing yards and another 179 receiving yards, scoring 10 total touchdowns for the Hokie offense in 2020.

How will those numbers be replaced?  Will someone be good enough to grab the bull by the horns and have a huge season, or are we looking at a by-committee approach at the running back position?  The safest guess is the latter.

What we do know is that running backs coach Adam Lechtenberg will have a lot of bodies to choose from this spring.  We also know – or are pretty certain – that there will be attrition between the conclusion of spring ball and the time when practice opens in August.  Three more freshmen will enter in the summer, but for now we’re just going to focus on the running backs that will be available to Virginia Tech this spring.

Justin Fuente mentioned four players specifically during Monday’s press conference.