The injury bug continues to nip at Virginia Tech, and the Hokies haven’t even played a game yet. In early August, the tough news broke that coach Frank Beamer’s best defensive player, cornerback Antone Exum, will be a no-go against mighty Alabama as he continues to rehab from a torn ACL. On Monday, The Roanoke Times reported that Beamer may not have his co-starter at running back, either.
Roughly a week and a half ago, sophomore J.C. Coleman suffered a high sprain to his left ankle and a regular sprain to his right when he got rolled on during a drill. After the fact, the 5-foot-8, 192-pound burner expressed confidence that he would be ready to take on the defending champions. However, Beamer was asked twice about the back and all he would say is that Coleman’s status has been downgraded to “questionable.”
With such news, we have to question Tech’s chances in the Georgia Dome on Saturday. Coleman was the team’s leading running back last year, finishing behind only quarterback Logan Thomas with 492 yards and two scores on 109 rushing attempts. He hauled in 21 receptions for 132 yards and a score and also returned 19 kickoffs for 410 yards.
Coleman is a multi-faceted weapon that Beamer does not want to keep on the sidelines against one of the best defensive units in the country. In his stead, redshirt freshman Trey Edmunds is expected to shoulder the load.
He will be running behind Jonathan McLaughlin, the first true freshman to ever start at tackle under Beamer. Both will be two of a whopping 27 true or redshirt freshmen making the trip to Atlanta for the neutral site game against Alabama.
That is nearly 40-percent of the entire team. Obviously, Beamer needs all the experience and talent he can scrounge up. Hopefully, Coleman wakes up one morning in the next few days and his ankles are no longer swollen.
[H/T: College Football Talk]