The No. 4 jersey at Virginia Tech comes with more than just shoulder pads and cleats.
It is joined by great expectations from a fan base that has seen some of the greatest Hokies of all time wear the uniform.
J.C Coleman, who wears number four for the current Hokies football team, has accepted the burden put on him as a true freshman this season, and ran with it.
When Coleman graduated high school a semester early so he could enroll at Tech in January, he immediately knew what number he wanted to wear once he took the field.
“It was a number I wore in high school and wanted to keep it going,” Coleman said. “There’s been a lot of comparisons between me and David (Wilson) and I guess that’s what I get for choosing that number. It’s not a bad comparison to get compared to guys like Eddie Royal, D-Hall (DeAngelo Hall), and David.”
Royal, Hall and Wilson all experienced decorated careers with the Hokies before moving on to careers in the NFL. Royal is currently a wide receiver for the San Diego Chargers, while Hall is a corner back with the Washington Redskins and Wilson's a rookie running back for the New York Giants.
All three players rank as some of the best at their position in Tech history, and all three electrified Worsham Field in Lane Stadium with their play in the number four jersey.
Head coach Frank Beamer says Coleman reminded him of Royal as soon as he sat down to watch his high school highlights.
"I remember looking at his high school tape,” Beamer said, “and the only guy who I remember having as many long plays as him was Eddie Royal.”
Coleman, however, has heard more comparisons to Wilson because of their similarity in size and their dangerous speed at the running back position.