Does Jerome Wright Have a Future With the Hokies?


Oct 26, 2013; Blacksburg, VA, USA; Fans enter Lane Stadium before the game between the Duke Blue Devils and Virginia Tech Hokies. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports

Before the season, the Virginia Tech Hokies had plenty of running backs with Chris Mangus making the decision to transfer due to his position that was far down the depth chart. However, Mangus wasn’t the only running back who at least considered leaving the program.

Jerome Wright was behind Mangus on the depth chart and reports emerged that Wright had made the decision to transfer. Wright disappeared from any sort of media spotlight for several weeks with most people assuming that he was trying to figure out where to transfer to.

Then, the injuries to Shai McKenzie, Marshawn Williams, and Trey Edmunds led to Jerome Wright popping back up on the depth chart ahead of the Thursday Night game at Pittsburgh. Wright played against Miami and Boston College, but struggled with only 6 carries for 12 rushing yards.

Wright did have a nagging knee injury this past season, but Wright is once again going to be very far down the depth chart. Wright will definitely be no higher than fifth on the depth chart at running back behind Shai McKenzie, Marshawn Williams, J.C. Coleman, and Trey Edmunds.

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On top of that, Travon McMillian will be eligible in 2015 after redshirting in 2014 while Joel Caleb seems like a likely candidate to also be ahead of him on the depth chart. Wright will also be a junior next season, and is running out of time to get a chance to be a regular starter.

Jerome Wright is fairly strong at 6’2” and 225 pounds, but Wright’s speed is below-average while he did have a fumble against Miami. Wright is a guy that the Hokies could try to use some in short yardage situations if Marshawn Williams and Sam Rogers were both hurt though Loeffler likely would also be willing to use Shai McKenzie or J.C. Coleman in those situations as well.

Wright is purely a power runner that has only 3 receptions in his collegiate career and doesn’t seem like a big threat in the passing game. The Hokies have plenty of depth at running back and with the arrivals of Deshawn McClease and Coleman Fox, Virginia Tech could afford a couple of transfers at the running back spot.

Wright nearly transferred before this past season, but if he is going to get significant playing time in his collegiate career, now seems like the time for him to make a move.

Jerome Wright has struggled to get playing time in Blacksburg, and his future does not seem to be with the Hokies.

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