Inside The Numbers: The Virginia Tech Running Back Rotation

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Malachi Thomas, Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech true freshman running back Malachi Thomas can no longer redshirt. How many carries should he get? (Ivan Morozov)

This week’s Inside The Numbers will focus on the Virginia Tech running back rotation.  We’ll also touch on the snaps and production (or lack thereof) of the backup wide receivers, and a few other random topics.

Malachi Thomas: The Redshirt Situation

I’ve been running with the PFF numbers for tracking redshirts this year, and PFF lists Malachi Thomas as having appeared in five games this season.  However, lists him as only having played in four.  According to PFF, he got two snaps on the kickoff team against UNC, but does not list him as having participated in that game.  If is correct, then Thomas is still eligible to redshirt if he doesn’t play any more this season.  If that’s the case, then the coaching staff has a decision to make this week, not last week as I originally thought.