Virginia Tech may have named their starting quarterback over the weekend, but on Monday, they named the remaining starters for Saturday’s opener.
The biggest news came at running back, where presumed starter Trey Edmunds was listed second behind junior J.C. Coleman on the team’s depth chart released Monday. Head coach Frank Beamer told reporters that Edmunds would play on kickoff coverage to ease him back.
Edmunds suffered a broken leg at the end of last season, but it was believed he would be healthy for the opener. Now it appears he will not line up at running back at all on Saturday. That leaves the door open for true freshmen Marshawn Williams and Shai McKenzie, listed together with Edmunds behind Coleman. Both could receive significant playing time Saturday.
Another freshman climbing the depth charts is wide receiver Isaiah Ford who will start for the Hokies. Ford has been the breakout star of the summer leading Beamer to compare him to another Hokie-great, Antonio Freeman.
Ford caught the coaches’ attention with an impressive camp and likely sealed his place in the lineup with a three-touchdown performance in Friday’s scrimmage. Despite being a true freshman and weighing in at only 174 lbs., Ford has shown in practice that he is ready to play at the college level. If he plays as well come gametime, Virginia Tech could have a truly special player on their hands.
Other notes from the depth chart:
- Before camp, many would have guessed Demitri Knowles and Willie Byrn would be the team’s starting receivers. It turns out that was wrong on both counts. Redshirt sophomore Joshua Stanford his listed atop the depth chart opposite Ford. Receiver is a fluid position and both Byrn and Knowles will likely have large parts to play in the offense this season, but it does reflect the young talent the Hokies can boast up and down the roster.
- Despite dealing with knee tendinitis for the much of camp, defensive tackle Luther Maddy is expected to start Saturday.
- Michael Santamaria appears to have won the kicking battle over fellow true freshman, Carson Wise, and is listed as the team’s starting placekicker. For a team that emphasizes special teams as much as Virginia Tech, this position battle was particularly intriguing. Virginia Tech struggled in the kicking game last season and will hope for some consistency from Santamaria.