Sep 7, 2013; Blacksburg, VA, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies running back Trey Edmunds (14) runs the ball during the third quarter against the Western Carolina Catamounts at Lane Stadium. Virginia Tech defeated Western Carolina 45-3. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports
Trey Edmunds might not have been well known by Virginia Tech fans before the season started but now, all Virginia Tech fans know about the redshirt freshman from Danville, Virginia. Trey Edmunds has been a breakout star for the Hokies and is a reason why the future of the Hokies is very bright.
The first thing that makes Trey Edmunds a great running back is his speed which he showed off against Alabama. Edmunds outran a very good and fast Alabama defense for a 77-yard rushing touchdown which is quite impressive. Edmunds doesn’t have the same speed though as David Wilson but Edmunds has very similar speed to Ryan Williams.
The next thing is how Edmunds can handle a heavy workload like Ryan Williams did. Edmunds had 20 carries against Alabama and 15 against Western Carolina which is a lot for a freshman, showing how he can handle the heavier workload. Of course, Edmunds did not seem to be getting too tired against Alabama as he was effective for most of that game.
The last and biggest thing that makes Edmunds a great young running back is his decisiveness in taking advantage of the running room he has. Against an elite defense like Alabama, Edmunds was able to find whatever was able and took advantage whether that was on his 77-yard touchdown or if it was when he turned what should have been nothing into a 2 or 3 yard gain. This is what you want to see from your starting running back and Trey Edmunds has proven that he is the future for the Hokies at running back.