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Inside the crowded running back rivalry at Virginia Tech, including Devin Taylor’s departure and more takeaways

THE CITY OF BLACKSBURG, VIRGINIA
— With ten scholarship running backs on the roster, Virginia Tech has one of the largest running back rooms in the country right now.
While having a single-position place eat up nearly 12% of the team’s scholarships isn’t ideal for roster management, Hokies running backs coach Adam Lechtenberg is unconcerned.
“They work in a competitive setting, and they know that if they have a poor day, someone else will have a wonderful day.”
And we’re all about competitiveness, and our groups are all about competition.” The Hokies are in an unique position at running back, looking to replace Khalil Herbert, who set a single-season school record with 1,182 rushing yards and a 7.7 yards per carry, becoming only the second 1,000-yard rusher since 2012 and the first of the Justin Fuente era.
“You’re going to stick with that guy if he gets the ball and makes a bunch of plays.”
Yet, you must make them all ready to play and then let them figure it out based on their output.