Nov 15, 2014; Durham, NC, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies running back J.C. Coleman (4), kicker Joey Slye (46), and fullback Greg Gadell (47) greet fans after defeating the Duke Blue Devils 17-16 at Wallace Wade Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Dolejs-USA TODAY Sports
The Virginia Tech Hokies suffered a big loss in the backfield with Marshawn Williams tearing an ACL against the Duke Blue Devils which means he will now be out through Spring Practice. Trey Edmunds is still recovering from a broken clavicle and seems unlikely to play at BB&T Field against the Wake Forest Deamon Deacons on Saturday.
The man that seems likely to start is J.C. Coleman who played quite well against Duke with 20 carries for 95 rushing yards and an average of 4.8 yards per carry. Of course, many Virginia Tech fans do not have too much confidence in Coleman but the junior running back has a chip on his shoulder and is about to go against a poor rush defense.
That is one dangerous combination that signals another big game for Coleman is in the cards.
Wake Forest allows the third most rushing yards in the ACC at 193.5 yards per game with Duke and North Carolina being the two ACC teams that have given up more rushing yards per game. Against Duke, Coleman was dominant and Wake Forest is currently a team that seems to be in survival mode in what will likely be a 2-10 season.
Coleman will also know that he has the chance to impress the coaching staff and this is a solid opportunity to have a big game against a bad Wake Forest team. Play calling could be a big factor in Coleman’s production but if he can get some space consistently, he will have a huge game in Winston Salem.
J.C. Coleman will probably not be the starter against Virginia unless he plays really well though a healthy Trey Edmunds should start against Virginia which is likely to be the case. Coleman has the chance to impress against a bad Wake Forest rush defense and he will take advantage of this opportunity.