Trey Edmunds Needs to Have an Excellent Spring


Sep 20, 2014; Blacksburg, VA, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies running back Trey Edmunds (14) rushes the ball during the first quarter against Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Lane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports

The Virginia Tech Hokies have seen a lot of change at running back with Marshawn Williams and Shai McKenzie having strong freshman seasons before getting injured. McKenzie and Williams are currently in line to be the top two running backs as soon as they get healthy though J.C. Coleman emerged at the end of the season and is ready to challenge those two for playing time.

With McKenzie and Williams injured, Coleman will be at the top of the running back depth chart with that trio likely to be the top three running backs entering next season. One man that hopes to break into the top three on the depth chart is Trey Edmunds.

After a rough sophomore season, Edmunds needs to have an excellent spring to give himself a chance at becoming a starter for the Hokies after being the starter in 2013.

Trey Edmunds was solid in 2013 with 166 carries for 675 rushing yards, 10 rushing touchdowns, and an average of 4.1 yards per carry. However, Edmunds ended his 2013 season with a broken tibia he suffered against Virginia. Edmunds was out for the whole spring, and did not seem to recover until a few weeks into the season.

Edmunds started to gain some carries against North Carolina due to injuries to Shai McKenzie and Marshawn Williams, and had 12 carries for 54 yards. However, Edmunds then suffered a broken clavicle which caused him to be out for a few more weeks. Edmunds recovered in time to play for the Military Bowl, but he struggled with 11 rushing yards on 4 carries.

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Overall, the 2014 season was disappointing for Edmunds as he finished with 21 carries for 97 rushing yards. If Edmunds is going to earn some playing time, he needs to have an impressive spring.

Trey Edmunds showed glimpses of the player that was a solid starting running back in 2013 this past season. However, Edmunds needs to prove that this spring, and he should have the opportunity to do exactly that.

Edmunds has a good combination of speed and strength, but the issue is that Edmunds is in a big hole right now behind the trio of Marshawn Williams, Shai McKenzie, and J.C. Coleman on the 2015 depth chart. Edmunds will have to not only do well in practice but also put up some big numbers in scrimmages and the Spring Game.

Trey Edmunds’s luck with injuries at Virginia Tech has been absolutely terrible with the broken tibia and broken clavicle slowing him down. This spring can be his chance to prove that he could still be a significant contributor for the Hokies.

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