Frank Beamer has always believed in a strong running game in his 25 years as head coach of Virginia Tech.
Beamer has had stars, players who would become first-round draft picks and guys who had different skill-sets splitting duties during his time as Hokies' coach.
Just two years ago, Beamer had three running backs who are now in the NFL and at one time or another, within the last five years, shattered many Virginia Tech and ACC rushing records. Darren Evans broke several freshman records only to be eclipsed by Ryan Williams the very next season. David Wilson broke many of Williams' records in 2011.
In 2010, Beamer and offensive coordinator Bryan Stinespring had the task of finding playing time for all three players. Each player received significant playing time and contributed equally to another Hokies' ACC title.
2012 will be different. The Hokies will feature several new faces in the backfield. Two freshmen will see a lot of playing time while other players, such as junior Tony Gregory and senior Martin Scales, look to have prominent roles in the backfield for the first time in their careers.
Here's three reasons why the Hokies should use a running back by committee in 2012.