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Khalil Herbert put on a show against Duke becoming the Hokies' first 200-yard rusher (208) since Darren Evans in 2008 while also appearing to set the school record for most all-purpose yards (358) in a single game, shattering Mike Imoh's record set in 2004. Additionally, Herbert earned Offensive Hokie of the Game honors for the second-straight and became the only running back to break 300 rushing yards in his first two games this season.
In the aftermath of yesterday's dominant performance, Virginia Tech star WR Tre Turner tweeted "Khalil Herbert for Heisman", a seemingly reasonable tweet given his performance over the first two weeks.
khalil herbert for heisman— Tré Turner (@tre11turner) October 3, 2020
Unsurprisingly, that tweet caught fire on social media with more Virginia Tech players and fans joining in on the fun as well.
2-0 💫#Herbert4Heisman— Emmanuel Belmar Jr (@EBJr_8) October 4, 2020
Thank you!!!!!! https://t.co/JBDrrWSg7X— D.Crawford (@underated54) October 4, 2020
‼️‼️‼️ https://t.co/v2UhJEbYNp— James Mitchell (@j_mitch82) October 4, 2020
🤞🏾🤞🏾🤞🏾🤞🏾 https://t.co/AGQ1eaJSpi— Jalen Holston (@fourscoob) October 3, 2020
For now, the numbers also back up the fact that Khalil Herbert should be starting to maybe receive some Heisman talk nationally as well.
Herbert currently leads the country in the following statistics.
What makes his lead in all-purpose yards per game most incredible is the fact that there isn't a single player elsewhere in the Power 5 within 100 yards per game of him and only one player nationally within that number. That player, FIU's Lexington Joseph, has only played one game with all of those yards coming on kick returns.
Additionally, Herbert is currently ranked sixth in the country averaging 39 yards per kick return and 10th in total rushing yards with Herbert being the only player who has played two or fewer in games in the top 18.
While Herbert's teammates are pushing his Heisman campaign, the grad transfer from Kansas is simply focused on celebrating this victory and getting back to Blacksburg to prepare for
"No thoughts on that. Just trying to celebrate this win with the guys and get back to Blacksburg."
So maybe it isn't time yet to fully launch the Khalil Herbert for Heisman campaign, but if he has a big game to lead the Hokies to victory at #8 North Carolina this week, then it'll be impossible to deny his status as a Heisman contender.