Oct 26, 2013; Blacksburg, VA, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies cornerback Kendall Fuller (11) intercepts a pass intended for Duke Blue Devils wide receiver Jamison Crowder (3) during the first quarter at Lane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports
2013 is almost over and here at Fighting Gobbler, we are handing out are awards for the Virginia Tech players and moments that made 2013 for the Hokies. Today, we will be handing out our first award of our look back at 2013, Freshman of the Year. There are plenty of athletes that would deserve to be on this list for this award but only 1 person could win it and you will see the top 3. Our honorable mentions for this award are Ben Emelogu, Joshua Stanford, Trevor Thompson, and Devin Wilson. Now, to the top 3 for the Fighting Gobbler Freshman of the Year.
3. Trey Edmunds
Trey Edmunds showed the potential to be the running back that the Hokies had been missing in 2012 after having a great game against Alabama to start the season despite the Hokies eventually losing. Edmunds would not play that well all season due somewhat to injuries but Edmunds did end the season with 166 carries for 675 rushing yards, 10 rushing touchdowns, and an average of 4.1 yards per carry. Edmunds showed improvement after a rough middle of the season and despite a broken tibia to end the season, Virginia Tech fans should be very excited about the future at running back for the Hokies.
2. Brandon Facyson
Brandon Facyson shined during his true freshman season with impressive numbers and plenty of quality plays that make fans realize that the future is very bright in Blacksburg. Facyson had 5 interceptions on the season and showed that he is a quality ball hawker that knows how to force turnovers and make plays. Facyson took advantage of the playing time he received and earned more as the season went on. Facyson already is showing the potential to be a future first round pick and in most years, Facyson would have been the Freshman of the Year but this year was not a normal year.
1. Kendall Fuller
Kendall Fuller is the Fighting Gobbler Freshman of the Year as the true freshman has already lived up to the hype and has the potential to be one of the best players in Virginia Tech history. Kendall Fuller showed in each game that he deserved a starting spot for the Hokies and his 6 interceptions helped him become one of the best freshmen in college football. Fuller made plenty of great plays including the fumble he forced and recovered when he took the football out of a Maryland receiver’s hands. Fuller was nearly nominated for the VT Athlete of the Year and will almost surely be a finalist next year.Kendall Fuller has a future on Sundays but Virginia Tech fans will get to have him for the next two to three years.
Congrats to Kendall Fuller on winning the Fighting Gobbler Freshman of the Year. Also, keep voting for the VT Athlete of the Year.