The sophomore, who was questionable because of a pair of sprained ankles, did not make the trip for tonight’s opener against Alabama in the Georgia Dome, according to Virginia Tech’s sports information department.
Coleman’s absence leaves redshirt freshman Trey Edmunds as the clear No. 1 running back, with fellow redshirt freshman Chris Mangus as his backup.
With Joel Caleb serving a one-game suspension and Tony Gregory out for the year with a knee injury, Tech’s third running back option is recently converted fullback Jerome Wright, a true freshman.
Here are a few more links to get your gameday started:
– Game advance: Underdog Virginia Tech won’t be Alabama’s lap dog. On that link is the Hokies’ ledger against No. 1 teams. It’s not good. They’re 0-7 all-time.
– Aaron McFarling column: Tech could ‘win’ against Alabama
– From yesterday: Virginia Tech or Alabama: Who has the edge? My pick? Alabama 34, Virginia Tech 10. Leave yours in the comments section below.
– From Thursday: TE Ryan Malleck out for the year with shoulder injury
– There was some buzz Friday night after Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron was spotted in a walking boot. Turns out he has an ingrown toenail. Seems over the top to wear a boot for that, but whatever.
– From Thursday: Read a replay of my live Virginia Tech chat
– From Thursday: Episode 10 of the Hokies Press Pass podcast
– On Frank Beamer’s personal website, the Hokies made mention of a special uniform for the Alabama game that it would soon reveal. Chris Coleman over at TechSideline.com posted this picture that would seem to suggest gray uniforms for Virginia Tech today. Thoughts?
– Also listed on Beamer’s site were the positions of the coaches on game day. Frank, Bud Foster, Charley Wiles, Shane Beamer, Jeff Grimes and Aaron Moorhead will be on the field. Scot Loeffler, Bryan Stinespring, Torrian Gray and Cornell Brown will be in the press box.
– Vegas lines have Virginia Tech as anywhere from a 20.5- to 22-point underdog. That’s the largest the Hokies have been as an underdog since Florida State was favored by 27.5 in a 1991 matchup in Tallahassee. The Seminoles won 33-20.