Virginia Tech True Freshman Report: To Redshirt Or Not To Redshirt?

Virginia Tech, Dae'Quan Wright
Virginia Tech true freshman Dae’Quan Wright played well in his college debut. (Ivan Morozov)

Now that we’re five games into the season, I think it’s time we take a look at the status of the true freshmen currently in the Virginia Tech program. We saw a few of them get their college debuts against North Carolina, and Brent Pry said on Tuesday that he and his staff are still deciding on the redshirt status for some of them.

Let’s take it position-by-position. I’ll give you the player, his position, the number of games he’s played in and how much he’s playing, and then my opinion on what will/should happen with each player.

QB Devin Farrell (6-0, 195): The true freshman enrolled in the spring and eventually passed redshirt freshman Tahj Bullock for the No. 3 spot on the depth chart. However, barring a disaster, Farrell should redshirt this season.

Bryce Duke
Bryce Duke is over the 4-game limit. (Ivan Morozov)

RB Bryce Duke (5-11, 200): Duke played in his fifth game of the season against North Carolina, which means the redshirt is off. He also picked up a few more carries (ten) against the Tar Heels. I’d prefer for Malachi Thomas (whenever he gets healthy), Keshawn King and Duke to get all of the carries from here on out. If Duke doesn’t touch the ball very much once Thomas returns, then you don’t really justify burning his redshirt.