There was no recruit who received more praise from Virginia Tech Coach Frank Beamer during National Signing Day than Danville, Va., native Trey Edmunds. The son of former NFL tight end Ferrell Edmunds and a third-team Parade all-American, Edmunds played both running back and linebacker at Dan River High and Beamer said early on he expected him to do both before his collegiate career was done.
It just won’t happen this season.
Beamer announced Tuesday that, after initially dressing Edmunds for the first two games of the year, the plan now is for Edmunds to redshirt and make his Hokies debut in 2013.
“There’s no question about his ability to play and what a terrific player he’s gonna be, but right now I think the four backs have worked out well and hopefully they can stay healthy,” Beamer said. “He’ll be there. If something should happen, we can re-visit that situation. But for right now, I think redshirting is the best thing for him.”
The question going forward is whether Edmunds will follow in the footsteps of past elite Virginia Tech recruits and leave school early should his collegiate production match the talent coaches have seen in his high school game film and on the practice field this fall.
Both Michael Vick and Ryan Williams went to the NFL after three seasons at Virginia Tech, and Beamer said last season that his philosophy on redshirting those types of players had changed since he watched them depart for the pros with two seasons of eligibility remaining.
“I think the real lesson is if they’re talented, you better play them early,” Beamer said last December. “We sat here and two guys, Ryan Williams and Michael Vick, had two years of eligibility left when they did leave. You hope you can get guys like that who have the ability to do that and you better go ahead and get them playing.”
It remains to be seen if that will be the case with Edmunds, but he’ll have to surpass some talented young players to get atop Virginia Tech’s depth chart.
Through two games this season, the Hokies have gone with a committee approach when it comes to rushing the ball. Redshirt freshman Michael Holmes has started both games and leads the team with 94 yards on 22 carries. But there are six other players on the roster with at least two carries so far, including running backs J.C. Coleman, Martin Scales and Tony Gregory.
Virginia Tech is averaging 3.9 yards per carry this season.
“I think it’s worked out fairly well,” Beamer said. “I think Scales brings something, a toughness, downhill running. Coleman is really quick and really fast. And then Gregory has come back from his surgery and he’s playing fast, so it’s working out right now.”
*Center Andrew Miller left Saturday’s win over Austin Peay in the first half earlier than the rest of Virginia Tech’s starting offensive line because of an ankle injury. Beamer said Miller is scheduled to practice Tuesday and the team will release more on his status for Saturday’s game at Pittsburgh when the injury report comes out Thursday.
*Wide receiver D.J. Coles was wearing a blue jersey during Monday’s practice, but Beamer said he will still miss the rest of the season because of a knee injury suffered against Georgia Tech. “We’re just keeping him involved,” Beamer said.
*Safety Kyshoen Jarrett has been a pleasant surprise through two games, especially with how strong of a tackler he has turned out to be. Linebacker Jeron Gouveia-Winslow revealed that Jarrett has won the team’s Hammer Award for both games because of big hits he has delivered. More on Jarrett, a former Pittsburgh commit, in Friday’s paper.