Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Hokies to lay claim to best backfield in 2010
By ESPN.com staff
Without B-back Jonathan Dwyer on the roster in 2010, Georgia Tech will be missing 3,226 career rushing yards, 517 rushing attempts, 17 100-yard rushing games, 3,966 all-purpose yards, 35 rushing touchdowns, and 36 total touchdowns. Oddly enough, Dwyer rushed for exactly 1,395 yards in 2008 and 2009.
Yeah, I'd say he'll be missed in Atlanta next year.
But Georgia Tech fans are quick to point out that Dwyer wasn't the only player in the backfield. Anthony Allen, Roddy Jones, Marcus Wright, Embry Peeples and, of course, quarterback Josh Nesbitt all return. (Ask Boston College coach Frank Spaziani if that sounds like a backfield in trouble, and he'd probably laugh, as he had no one to turn to this year but Montel Harris.) With Nesbitt and Allen leading the way, Georgia Tech shouldn't experience a major drop-off in offensive production next year.
But Virginia Tech will replace Georgia Tech as the ACC team with the best offensive backfield in 2010.
Darren Evans and Ryan Williams could be better than "the untouchables," former Hokie record-setters Kevin Jones and Lee Suggs. They could also be used in similar fashion, which wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing (though I doubt BC's defense will allow two 100-yard rushers in the same game next year, like the Eagles did with Jones and Suggs.) Add to that a much-improved quarterback in Tyrod Taylor, and the Hokies will be tough to beat. Their experience and talent, combined with the progress Taylor has made in the passing game, is what will separate them.