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With 14 days until Virginia Tech faces Alabama in the Georgia Dome, we turn our attention to no. 14 on roster Mr. Trey Edmunds. With Tech’s anemic rushing attack last season, the Hokies will need better production from their top two options at tailback. So far, those options appear to be true sophomore J.C. Coleman and redshirt freshman Trey Edmunds. Edmunds has grown into a workhorse but I think Coleman will be the running back who receives the most carries against Alabama. Still, as the seeing progresses, it will be intriguing to see who emerges as Tech’s top option at running back. At the very least, it’s comforting knowing that the Hokies have some talent developing at the position after last season.
Weight: 216 lbs
Position: Running Back
High School: Dan River High School
Location: Danville, VA
High School Career
Edmunds was a star player at Dan River during his senior year, running for 2596 yards and 33 touchdowns. He provided 61.5-percent of Dan River’s offense that season, which is just ridiculous. From a recruitment standpoint, Edmunds wasn’t as highly touted as you would have thought. He did hold offers from Virginia Tech, Maryland, UNC, Tennessee, Texas Tech, UVA, and Vanderbilt.
Reasons For Excitement
Similar to Past Greats: When you look at Trey, it’s hard not to envision Lee Suggs, Shyrone Stith, and Darren Evans. He’s strong as an ox and boasted a sub 4.4 forty time this off-season. Once Edmunds starts tapping into that potential, he may become a force at the position. Unfortunately, since he’s a very young redshirt freshman, it may take some time for him to get his feet underneath him at this level.
Causes For Concern
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Hard to Tell Where He’s At: Watching players in practice will only tell you so much. Once you start playing other teams, you begin to understand a little more about each player. Right now, it’s hard to say where Edmunds is at in his development for several reasons. The first being he’s never really had a stable offensive line to run behind. He did break off a nice run in the spring but that’s a very small sample size.
What to Expect in 2013
Having a strong rushing attack this season will be crucial if the Hokies want to rebound with another 10 win season. If Tech still can’t run the ball effectively then that will put more pressure on Logan Thomas to be a playmaker and we saw how that turned out last season.
Edmunds won’t see his first carry against Alabama to sometime late in the 1st quarter judging by previous personnel groupings. Of course, under Scot Loeffler that could change but I would imagine Coleman would take most if not all the snaps on the first offensive possession. Still, Edmunds is a player who has the ability to be very, very good in this system. He needs some seasoning at the position but the good news is there’s no film on him yet. If he plays well, he could be a big reason why we #BeatBama.
After a much needed redshirt season, Edmunds is an easy pick for a breakout campaign in 2013. However, I wouldn’t expect too much out of the Danville native until the ACC portion of the schedule begins.
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