Unlike the departure of Branden Ore, the 4-6 month injury to running back Kenny Lewis coupled with a broken fibula by Jahre Cheeseman in a recent scrimmage is cause for concern for Virginia Tech. While the Hokies should still have at least three scholarship players available at the position in the fall without Lewis, they now lack experience at the position.
With Cheeseman and Lewis likely out of the mix, Virginia Tech’s most experienced back will be Dustin Pickle who amassed 47 yards on 11 carries in 2007. While even the rawest of running backs can perform well as runners, pass protection can be compromised. That should be especially concerning to a Hokie team that did not excel in the passing game a year ago and that is sure to see a variety of looks and blitzes from Bo Pelini’s defense in September.
The backup running backs didn’t exactly shine in Virginia Tech’s scrimmage as Darren Evans needed 14 carries to amass 26 yards to lead all rushers. Pickle needed eight carries to net 17 yards.
Also of note in the scrimmage was a fairly lackluster passing day by Virginia Tech quarterback Sean Glennon who went 13-24 with only 122 yards and a touchdown against two interceptions. If the Hokies are on their way to fixing the offensive issues of a year ago, it’s not been all that evident in practice.