Justin Fuente and the Virginia Tech Hokies are right now focused on making their final push to National Signing Day with the Class of 2016. So far, Fuente hasn’t had to deal with players transferring but that changed with the decision of one player becoming public yesterday.
— HokieHaven.com (@Hokie_Haven) January 21, 2016
. @CoachFuente confirms Trey Edmunds has been given his release.
"We wish him the very best…"
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— VT Football (@VT_Football) January 21, 2016
Trey Edmunds has decided to transfer from Virginia Tech to Maryland for his senior season. With the emergence of Travon McMillian and the return of Shai McKenzie and Marshawn Williams next season, Edmunds’s playing time opportunities seemed limited so a move to the Terrapins doesn’t seem surprising.
Edmunds had a breakout season as a freshman with 166 carries for 675 rushing yards, 10 touchdowns, and an average of 4.1 yards per carry as a freshman while also having 17 receptions for 155 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns. Edmunds broke his tibia against Virginia as a freshman and just wasn’t the same player after that season.
Edmunds only had 68 carries, 282 rushing yards, and 3 touchdowns over the past two years in Blacksburg. Edmunds would be battling Williams and McKenzie to be getting reps behind McMillian so transferring to Maryland gives Edmunds a shot at a starting running back job as a senior.
The loss of Trey Edmunds given that his two brothers are still here but this is definitely for reasons of getting playing time elsewhere and not anything that should have fans concerned about Terrell and Tremaine Edmunds transferring.
The loss of Trey Edmunds does take some depth away from the backfield behind Travon McMillian with both Shai McKenzie and Marshawn Williams having to miss this past season with injuries. Behind them, the Hokies will have Deshawn McClease, D.J. Reid, and Coleman Fox with McClease likely the favorite to take the fourth spot on the depth chart.
Sam Rogers and Steven Peoples could also be options at running back if Virginia Tech has major injury issues with Rogers becoming basically the #1 fullback and #2 running back this past season. Virginia Tech also is looking to add a running back to this recruiting class with their recent offers to Ole Miss commit Jarrion Street and former SMU commit Dae Williams.
Edmunds’s had a bright start to his career in Blacksburg, but injuries derailed his career and now have him headed to College Park for his final season. For Edmunds’s, the move makes sense to get a better shot at being a starting running back while the Hokies get a valuable extra scholarship in the final weeks before National Signing Day.