Nov 30, 2013; Charlottesville, VA, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies running back Trey Edmunds (14) runs with the ball as Virginia Cavaliers cornerback Tim Harris (5) chases in the fourth quarter at Scott Stadium. The Hokies won 16-6. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
1. RB Trey Edmunds
Trey Edmunds was somewhat of an unknown entering this past fall after being redshirted in 2012 but Edmunds quickly established himself as a very good running back. Edmunds had a breakthrough game against Alabama to make a big national impression while also having some very strong later in the season including a 4-touchdown performance against Miami and a strong game against Virginia.
Unfortunately, Edmunds was unable to finish the game against Virginia as he broke his left tibia in that game and would miss the spring. However, Edmunds’s recovery has gone well and he is ready to make big strides in his redshirt sophomore season.
There are tons of people that think Edmunds is ready to make more strides after having 166 carries for 675 yards and 10 rushing touchdowns last season. Edmunds has already gain some national recognition as he made Phil Steele’ preseason All-ACC Second Team and was ranked as the fourth-best running back behind only Florida State’s Karlos Williams, Miami’s Duke Johnson, and Virginia’s Kevin Parks. However, Edmunds could definitely push to be one of the top 2 or 3 backs in the ACC.
Edmunds is a very good all-around running back that can break tackles with his strength and agility and use his speed to turn a solid carry into a big play. Edmunds also knows how to effectively use space and that was proven by some of the big runs he had this past season. Edmunds also is very dangerous as a pass catcher out of the backfield with 17 catches for 155 receiving yards and 2 receiving touchdowns.
Trey Edmunds is the Hokies’ best running back in the last few years and definitely has the skills to become one of the best running backs in Virginia Tech history.