2011 Numerical Roster Countdown: No. 2 Josh Oglesby

by JustinC on September 1, 2011 · 7 comments

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With 2 days left until Virginia Tech takes the field against Appalachian State, we turn our attention to number 2 on roster, Mr. Josh Oglesby. We all know Oglesby hard knocks story. Going from a potential starter as a recruit, to 3rd string duty in 2008, to backup duty in 2009, and then finding himself at fullback last season. It’s been a tough journey for the North Carolina native but JO has an opening this season to not only quite his critics but also impress those NFL scouts that will be watching this fall. Oglesby will enter this fall as the backup to David Wilson at tailback.

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Height: 5’11”
Weight: 218 lbs
Position: Running back
Year: R-Senior
High School: Garner High School

How Did He Get Here

The 2007 class seems like forever ago but Oglesby was a three star recruit out of Garner High School that chose Virginia Tech over offers from NC State, ECU, and Wake Forest. Although he grew up a UNC fan, JO chose Virginia Tech mainly due to playing time and Tech’s status as an elite team. Oglesby gave his pledge on July 15th, 2006.

2010 Season

JO moved to fullback last spring due to the ridiculous amount of depth the Hokies possessed at running back. However, that move never materialized. JO carried the ball just six times for 49 yards.

2011 Prospectus

Exit Billy Hite, enter Shane Beamer and all the sudden, there’s a renewed since of optimism for Oglesby. Beamer seems to be less interested in playing the most deserving player and more interested in playing the best player. With Oglesby not seeing as many reps in the scrimmages, my guess is he has that number two spot on lockdown.

JO is a player that could be a real factor this season if he can be that change of pace back with David Wilson. Obviously, Wilson will be a feature back but with Shane taking over, it’s tough to say how he’ll use Oglesby in a rotation. Will Wilson be in the game as long as he wants or will Beamer favor one player over the other based on personnel? Either way, I’m sure JO will see a lot more reps this year than he did in 2010.

Career Highlight

Oglesby’s best effort probably came against Picory Harris and the Miami Tropical Storms back in 2009, where he ran for 48 yards on four carries.

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Career Lowlight

Being demoted to fullback last season.

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Completely made up fact

Coach Beamer denied Oglesby's request of having "Stinespring sucks" as the name on the back of his jersey. Don't worry JO, we've had the same complaints that you've had the last few years.

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