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With 32 days left until Virginia Tech takes the field against Appalachian State, we turn our attention to number 32 on the roster, Mr. Riley Beiro. Beiro saw plenty of action this past spring due to a complete lack of running backs to depend on. However, he projects more as a lead-blocking fullback here at Virginia Tech. Most likely, that’s where he’ll end up once practice begins this fall. With four years left, Beiro may have to wait his turn before he has a chance to earn a starting job. With the two fullbacks ahead of him being just redshirt juniors, Beiro may spend his first few years solely on special teams.
Weight: 227 lbs
High School: McLean High School
How Did He Get Here
Like all walk-ons, Beiro showed some skill in high school but didn’t project well enough at the next level to earn a scholarship. The Hokies swung through with a walk-on offer and the McLean, Virginia native accepted it. Beiro had a successful high school career, rushing for over 2500 yards in his three years on varsity.
Like some of the other young fullbacks on roster that we’ve covered recently, Beiro may have to wait his turn before having a chance at earning a starting job. At 227 pounds already, Beiro is ahead of the pack when it comes to playing weight. He does need to bulk up a little more and has the frame to do so. However, with two years left before Joey Phillips and Martin Scales graduate, Beiro should have plenty of time to increase his weight into the 235 to 240 range.
For this upcoming season, I could see the Virginia native playing some on special teams if need be. Since the playing time isn’t there at fullback, Beiro is a big body, with good speed, and some athletic ability that could contribute on one of the pride and joy teams.
Catching a couple passes this spring in some of the open scrimmages.
In typical walk-on fashion, having to wait his turn at fullback.
Completely made up fact
Beiro’s disgruntled look in his Hokiesports.com picture comes from the fact that David Wilson farted right before his picture was taken.
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