Virginia Tech RB Caleb Steward announced this evening that he has decided to enter the transfer portal.
After redshirting during the 2018 season, Steward saw limited action this past season with 85 yards on 19 carries including a career high 40 rushing yards on 6 carries against Georgia Tech. Steward has three years of eligibility remaining at his next landing spot though he likely would have to sit out next season should he go to another FBS program.
Steward's decision shouldn't be surprising as though Steward received some garbage time reps, it's clear that he has been falling down the depth chart including behind younger RBs like Keshawn King and Tahj Gary.
Additionally, some attrition at RB seemed inevitable with Tech adding 5 tailbacks in recent weeks with 2 Power 5 transfers, 1 JUCO signee, and 2 high school signees. The move does help as the Hokies look to make sure they have the requisite room for the 2020 class they signed while also keeping an eye on the transfer market.
The timing of Steward's announcement shouldn't be surprising as Virginia Tech started winter workouts today with any player who was committed to transferring likely not attending that workout.