“I’m gonna keep telling you that each week is its own week and we go with the guys that are hot. Each week is different and that’s the truth,” Shane Beamer said. “Now, I’d be dumb to sit here and tell you that J.C. and Tony (Gregory) didn’t open up some eyes Saturday with the way that they played. But as far as saying this guy is the leader or the anointed one and all that, not necessarily.
“We evaluate every day in practice. We go with the hot guys. J.C. and Tony got hot on Saturday and we have every expectation that they will continue to play like they did on Saturday.”
Frank Beamer said a lot of Coleman’s success has been due to his ability to break away from defenders attempting to wrap him up.
“We had some great blocking and he did some great running,” Shane Beamer said. “There’s no secret to how you get it done. You have to block some folks and J.C. had about five, six or seven broken tackles so that’s the key to it.”
Coleman, meanwhile, hopes to keep this momentum from the last game and keep it going into his next performance.
“Coach Shane gave me a lot of opportunities, mostly because I was the hot hand going into the game. I just had a pretty good game and hopefully we can keep that going”
As for his preparation, now that he appears to be the featured back, Coleman said nothing has really changed from how he approached every other week until now.
“I’m just going in with the same mindset,” he said. “Whenever I touch the ball, I just wanna make something happen, create a big play, or even a big block. Whatever presents an opportunity or I’ll make an opportunity myself.”
On Saturday, Coleman created plenty of opportunities for the Hokies offense in the run game which later opened up the passing game for quarterback Logan Thomas and the wide receivers.
While the similarities between Coleman and the former Hokies are clear, the true freshman is building his own legacy at Tech with his small frame and explosive burst out of the backfield.
The jersey number may bring high expectations.
But it’s nothing Coleman’s 5-foot-8, 192-pound frame can’t handle.