Notre Dame Football: Five Problematic Virginia Tech Players

<> on September 22, 2018 in Norfolk, Virginia.
<> on September 22, 2018 in Norfolk, Virginia. /
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BLACKSBURG, VA – SEPTEMBER 22: Quarterback Josh Jackson #17 of the Virginia Tech Hokies hands the ball to running back Steven Peoples #32 in the first half against the Old Dominion Monarchs at S. B. Ballard Stadium on September 22, 2018 in Norfolk, Virginia. (Photo by Michael Shroyer/Getty Images) /

Steven Peoples, Running Back

Peoples has 302 yards on 55 carries thus far this season — and his five touchdowns are the team high for the Hokies. He is averaging 5.5 yards per carry, an average that includes an 87 yard touchdown run against Old Dominion. He had 16 carries for 47 yards against Duke, making him the leading rusher in the game. Peoples has the ability to gain consistent yardage on the ground, while at the same time having the ability to break through for a big run.

Deshawn McClease, Virginia Tech’s other starting running back, has a smiliar M.O. to Peoples in this way. Regardless, both backs have the ability to take some of the pressure off Willis by gaining decent yardage on first down. But don’t be surprised if both Peoples and McClease can stagger for some extra yardage after being hit.