Virginia Tech RB Jalen Holston Expected to Be Out for "A Little While"
After Jalen Holston suffered a leg injury during the first half of Virginia Tech's loss to Boston College, head coach Justin Fuente revealed that the junior running back will be out for "a little while." This comes after reports emerged this morning that Holston was having surgery today via screenshots from the Instagram story of RBs coach Zohn Burden.
Before his injury, Holston had 19 yards on 6 carries for an average of 3.2 yards per carry, second-best among the Hokies' top trio of RBs (Deshawn McClease, Keshawn King). This comes after Holston had a small role last year for the Hokies last season behind McClease and Steven Peoples last season, running for 281 yards and 2 touchdowns on 57 carries with an average of 4.9 yards per carry.
Going into this season, the expectation was that Holston would be the replacement for Steven Peoples as the Hokies' power back and main option in short-yardage situations. With Holston out for the foreseeable future, the load on McClease and King is likely to increase especially for King, the true freshman who is currently listed behind McClease and King on the Hokies' depth chart.
King, in particular seems poised for a larger role as the bigger of the two backs with Justin Fuente saying that "it's kind of to the point where he'd better be. The line's kind of getting short."
Outside of King, Justin Fuente didn't have any other updates on other injuries outside of adding that Damon Hazelton has been struggling with a hamstring injury since late July.