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Virginia Tech football: Running back carousel

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Who will be carrying the ball for the Hokies the rest of the way?

Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports

Virginia Tech lost running back Shai McKenzie, this past saturday against WMU, to an ACL injury that will sideline him for the rest of the season. Coming into the season the depth at the running back was one of the strengths of a rather unproven Hokies offense, which will now look to replace one of it's more effective weapons. While depth does not seem to be an issue for the Hokies at the running back position there is some concern when it comes to experience and the ability to execute at all phases of the game.

Frank Beamer, in his weekly press conference, alluded to a distribution of reps between sophomore Trey Edmunds and freshmen standout Marshawn Williams, who for the meantime are sitting at the top of the depth chart just ahead of J.C. Coleman and Joel Caleb. While Edmunds had a solid campaign a year ago his production has been limited as he is recovering from a broken leg, which he suffered during the game against UVA last season.

Marshawn seems to be the safe bet moving forward for the Hokies and in my opinion should be getting the bulk of the carries since the "running back by committee" philosophy has yet to provide an answer for the inconsistent rushing attack.

It would also not be surprising to see sophomore Sam Rogers take on a bigger role in the running game for the Hokies versus UNC this weekend as he has shown to be a dependable option catching the ball out of the backfield and in pass protection.

Go Hokies.

Any thoughts on the current state of the Virginia Tech running game?