Last season, the Virginia Tech Hokies rotated multiple players as their kick and punt returners, and lacked some consistency. Demitri Knowles was the main kick returner but Knowles should probably be focused more on wide receiver while Kyshoen Jarrett should only be at strong safety instead of returning punts especially after missing Spring Practice. There is one player on the Hokies’ roster that seems like an obvious fit to be the main kick and punt returner for the Hokies this fall.
J.C. Coleman is definitely the man for the job.
J.C. Coleman is arguably the fastest player on the Virginia Tech roster right now and you want one of your fastest players as your return man. Coleman is also quite agile and his ability to take advantage of space to get down the field in a hurry is something that is also critical to become a big time return man. Coleman has been becoming better at finding some extra space this spring but there is one area he has shown enough imporvement in to be a quality return man. Coleman also has some experience as being a return man so he has the basic understanding of how to get the job done.
J.C. Coleman showed in this year’s Spring Game that he has gotten a lot stronger and as a return man, Coleman might need to break a tackle or two to get the space he needs to get a big return or even take it to the house for a touchdown. Of course, there have been very effective return men like De’Anthony Thomas who weren’t very strong but Coleman, while not being as explosive and fast as Thomas, has a little more strength and great speed.
The one reason why Coleman might end up not being the return man is the fact that he will most likely be the backup running back for the Hokies this fall. Coleman is a guy that Scot Loeffler could try to use for 8 to 12 carries a game and Loeffler might want to keep Coleman purely on offense. However, Coleman has the potential to be a very dangerous return man and the Hokies should take advantage of his skills on returning kicks and punts this fall.
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