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Virginia Tech football: Khalil Herbert a finalist for the Dudley Award

Herbert is expected to go in the middle rounds of next week’s NFL draft.

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Khalil Herbert was outstanding in his lone season at Virginia Tech. The former Kansas transfer rushed for 1,182 yards, averaging 107 yards per game and over eight yards per attempt. He went over the 100-yard mark six different times, and his 1,791 all-purpose yards ranked No. 3 in the nation.

Surprisingly, Herbert didn’t even make first-team All-ACC at running back.

Herbert could win more hardware before next week’s 2021 NFL draft as he is a finalist for the Dudley Award, which will be announced on Saturday night in Richmond.

The Dudley Award is presented annually to the top FBS football player in the state of Virginia. Herbert is one of three finalists for the award, which also includes Liberty quarterback Malik Willis and VMI quarterback Reece Udinski.

The Dudley Award is presented by the Touchdown Club of Richmond and is named after former Virginia running Bill Dudley. “Bullet Bill” starred at UVa before going to the NFL, where he played for Pittsburgh, Detroit and Washington. Dudley also served in the United States military.

Dudley, who was from Bluefield, Virginia, is a member of both the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The award was first presented in 1990, with Virginia quarterback Shawn Moore as the first recipient. Virginia Tech, with 12 winners, has the most of any school in Virginia. Former Virginia quarterback Bryce Perkins won the award in each of the last two seasons.