Aug 20, 2013; Blacksburg, VA, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies running back Chris Mangus (28) runs the ball during practice at the Steve Johnson Practice Fields. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports
One of the more intriguing battles entering Virginia Tech’s football camp is the battle to be the number 2 running back behind Trey Edmunds who has fully recovered from breaking his left tibia. Some of the top names mentioned to battle for that spot include J.C. Coleman; who seems like the frontrunner to get that role along, Joel Caleb, Shai McKenzie, and Marshawn Williams if he can get his weight down.
One other player who seemed like he might play a role in this battle was Chris Mangus. However, Mangus won’t be involved in this battle.
Many people knew that the Hokies would have to move a couple of running backs to different positions and Chris Mangus seemed like someone who could have the versatility to move to wide receiver if he wasn’t one of the top running backs. However, the Hokies will not be impacted very much if at all by the loss of Mangus who didn’t seem likely to get very much playing time this fall.
Mangus came to Blacksburg as a three-star running back but was considered a guy who could change positions if they needed him to. Mangus has been more of a speed back but J.C. Coleman has blocked him from getting much playing time in that role. The Hokies could not turn Mangus into a productive player for the Hokies but he could definitely still be a productive player at a different program.
In his one season of on-field production, Chris Mangus had 26 carries for 141 rushing yards and 1 touchdown along with 9 catches for 72 receiving yards. Mangus had an okay season last year but definitely proved that he could be a productive player at a smaller FBS school and probably a starter.