This past week, the Virginia Tech Hokies named redshirt freshman Travon McMillian the starting running back after he had a strong game against N.C. State that included a 59-yard touchdown run. In that game, McMillian was the only to get carries among the running backs with J.C. Coleman and Trey Edmunds both not receiving a single carry.
This week, McMillian proved the coaches right about making him the starting running back.
McMillian had another strong game with 16 carries for 99 rushing yards and 3 catches for 16 receiving yards and a touchdown against the Hurricanes. Miami doesn’t have a great rush defense, but McMillian was fairly dominant in this game, and Hokie fans were frustrated that the Hokies didn’t get the redshirt freshman more touches.
McMillian once again showed off his great speed and quickness to take advantage of some good holes to get a few first downs. McMillian seemed to be effective all over the field whether it was in-between the tackles or on the edge with some tough runs up the middle, and big plays on the outside.
Travon McMillian showed off his agility and explosiveness while also showing a toughness that he hadn’t really gotten to show. This game was the first time that McMillian was used significantly on runs between the tackles, and he showed that he is the type of downhill runner that will only get better as he continues to add strength to his 6’1” frame.
McMillian did have one mistake with the fumble that the Hokies were able to recover inside their own 10-yard line in what was a 17-yard loss on the play. However, McMillian was very good once again this week, and had most fans wondering why Scot Loeffler didn’t give the redshirt freshman the ball more.
McMillian is an every-down back that once again proved himself as a solid pass catcher for a running back. McMillian made a couple of nice catches in his game, and have a receiving touchdown though it was really a forward option pitch from behind the line of scrimmage.
McMillian is making plays and his numbers become more impressive when you look at where he is among other ACC players in key rushing statistics.
— OXVT (@OX_VT) October 20, 2015
McMillian has emerged quickly as a very good running back that is likely the best runner that Virginia Tech has since David Wilson left the program. McMillian has the talent and upside to be the running back that brings back the Hokie rushing attack to a level it hasn’t been at since Wilson if they get the ball to the redshirt freshman.
Travon McMillian reinforced his lock on the starting running back spot as he continues to show the potential to be special. Now it’s just time for Scot Loeffler to continue to get McMillian more involved in the offense.