2003 Preview: Running Backs

Cedric Humes

One part of this year's Hokie team that Tech fans won't have to worry about is the offensive backfield. The Hokies pack enough heat in the backfield this year that opposing defensive coordinators will be working late nights to figure out a way to stop them.

Tailbacks
Kevin Jones, Jr. (6-0 221)
Finally, KJ gets his chance to be the man. Once the most highly sought after recruit in the nation, Jones will step into the starting role this season. Running behind what should be a much improved offensive line, Jones has a chance to have a breakout season. He has great speed, agility and strength. He's already proven that he's a great running back, even in the backup role. To improve his game, Jones must improve on hitting the hole and putting his shoulder down instead of trying to bounce running plays to the outside.

Cedric Humes, r-So. (6-1 232)
After seeing a lot of time at fullback last season, Cedric "Superprep Don't Run the Ball" Humes will see plenty of time as Kevin Jones' backup in 2003. Humes is a big, bruising back who is very willing to put his shoulder down and run over defenders. He also has the speed to get to the outside. He just needs to see some game experience. He could very well be a future star in the Virginia Tech backfield.

Mike Imoh, So. (5-7 194)
Imoh is a guy who has put on some weight since last season. A stocky guy with good agility and speed, plus he's not afraid to put his head down and mix it up with the big boys. He could push Cedric Humes for the backup job this season. Personally I'd like to see the Tech coaching staff use Imoh on some draws and screens this season. If he can put on another 10 or 15 pounds, I can see him being another bowling ball like Shyrone Stith.

Fullbacks
Doug Easlick, r-Sr. (5-11 238)
A pleasant suprise for Hokie fans, Easlick performed at a very high level in 2002. He's a very good blocker and a good receiver out of the backfield. A former walk-on, Easlick is another guy to add to the legend of Tech's walk-on tradition. Easlick will be one of the rock solid performers in 2003 for the Hokies.

Jeff King, r-So. (6-5 256)
King will see a lot of action at tight end and fullback this season. King is big and strong and should be an excellent blocker. And as a tight end as well, he has soft hands. King has a very bright future at Virginia Tech and will be a solid contributor in 2003.

As you can see, the Hokies are loaded in the offensive backfield for 2003. Another guy worth mentioning is John Kinzer, a true freshman fullback/tight end. A highly touted player in the recruiting process, he has impressed coaches thus far in preseason practices. There is a chance he could play this year. He's just another young player with outstanding potential.

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