Deshawn McClease finished his 2019 season off well with 126 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries to go with 2 catches for 17 yards, earning Offensive Hokie of the Game honors from the TLP in Virginia Tech's loss to Kentucky. For the season, McClease finished with 843 rushing yards, the most by a running back at Virginia Tech under Justin Fuente.
McClease has been in Blacksburg for five years now with many wondering if McClease, who has 2 degrees in consumer studies and human development, may decide to move on to pursue the NFL and other opportunities, or return for a sixth season that is available to him.
At this point, McClease is not ready to make a decision.
"I thought about it. I still have some discussing to do with my family and the coaching staff. I'll take as much time as I need to reevaluate things," McClease said.
While McClease may not have a chance at climbing higher than the sixth or seventh rounds of the draft, McClease may have done enough to at least earn a spot to go to the NFL Combine should he decide to leave. Also, McClease has 2 degrees and with five years of football, now may be the time to give it a shot knowing he'll have plenty of opportunities away from football because of the hard work he has put in.
If he does return, McClease will be the headline attraction in a loaded backfield that will return Keshawn King and adds guys like Kansas transfer Khalil Herbert and JUCO RB Marco Lee.
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