Virginia Tech Running Backs: How Can The Different Pieces Fit Together?

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Jalen Holston, Virginia Tech
Jalen Holston expects plenty of carries for Virginia Tech this season. (Ivan Morozov)

Former Virginia Tech running backs coach Billy Hite used to say that he expected all of Virginia Tech’s running backs to be able to do the same thing.  More times than not, that turned out to be the case. 

In 1996, guys like Ken Oxendine and Marcus Parker were so physically similar that nothing had to be changed to suit individual skillsets.  It was the same way for Shyrone Stith and Andre Kendrick in 1999, for Lee Suggs and Kevin Jones and so on.

However, that statement rankled parts of the fan base in the odd year where the Hokies didn’t have two similar backs, yet Tech continued to try and use all of their backs in the same manner.  For example, early in his career, it was difficult for David Wilson to do the same thing that guys like Ryan Williams and Darren Evans did, and the staff didn’t find a way to get him in space very much when he was a true freshman in 2009.  He had 59 carries that year, and played in all