Edmunds to begin at tailback, Beamer’s slimmed down, plus a few more notes to close out the ACC Kickoff
Edmunds will get his first crack at running back when players report for practice in early August.
“Right now I think that’s where the real need is,” head coach Frank Beamer said.
The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Edmunds ran for 2,596 yards and 33 touchdowns as a senior at Dan River last year, earning Parade All-American honors. But the Hokies think he can be a two-way player, one who contributes at linebacker too.
“If he’s your tailback, he may end up being in certain packages on defense, nickel packages or whatever,” Beamer said. “And if he’s on defense he might be on your goal line package of your offense.”
As for this year, Beamer said Edmunds will probably stick to one side of the ball.
“I think he needs to get settled,” he said. “If a player is a freshman, you’ve got to put all your attention to that, but down the road, I think that might be a possibility.”
It’s getting late in Greensboro, and I have to drive back to Blacksburg tonight, so here are a few quite parting notes before I hit the road. I’ll have more later this week once I can get through all my quotes:
- Beamer showed off his slimmed-down frame at the ACC Kickoff. The veteran coach has lost 32 pounds this offseason, going from 204 to 172, his playing weight in college. Why the weight loss? For starters, his daughter got married this spring, so he had to fit into a tuxedo. “And then when I tried to bend over and tie my shoes, I had trouble getting to the shoes,” Beamer joked. “And then when I’d rise up, I’d be out of breath. So mentally, I was like, I’m going to lose weight.”
- He said he did it by exercising daily on an elliptical, limiting himself to 2,000 calories a day (vegetables and fruits not included) and eating “only half of the stuff on your plate.”
- What does being the winningest active coach in Division I football mean to Beamer? “Besides being old …?” he quipped. “It makes you go back and appreciate the people around you. I’ve had really good coaches around me, really good players, a great administration at Virginia Tech that I wouldn’t have been there at a lot of places after a few years. But they hung in there with me.
- Beamer hasn’t talked with kicker Cody Journell in person since he was allowed back on the team following a seven-month suspension, but he has talked to him over the phone. “Cody made a terrible mistake,” Beamer said. “He made terrible judgment. He’s a good person; he’s got a good family. I want him to come back and … learn from what happened, which he certainly has.”
- Beamer thinks Journell will have some challengers at kicker, but he made it sound like Journell will be the No. 1 guy.
- The Virginia Tech Twitter account tweeted a few starting positions for incoming freshmen. On offense, Adam Taraschke will start at left tackle, Jack Willenbrock at center and Augie Conte at right tackle. On defense, Ken Ekanme will be a stud end, Alston Smith a nose tackle, Devin Vandyke a Mike linebacker, Dahman McKinnon a free safety and Donovan Riley and Davion Tookes boundary corners.