Expect big things from Deshawn McClease this fall
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
Deshawn McClease demonstrated that he is a big time back when he was at Oscar Smith. In his senior season for the Tigers, Deshawn rushed for 2,015 yards and scoring 29 touchdowns.
Now in his redshirt sophomore year for Virginia Tech, McClease is primed to give as much as three years of heavy duty service in the Hokies running game.
McClease arrived in Blacksburg in 2015 as a part of one of Frank Beamer’s last recruiting classes at Tech. He sat in his freshman year with a redshirt. In 2016, he played in one game and received a medical redshirt. Last year was his year to leap into action. McClease played in 12 games, starting one, and finished the season with 530 rushing yards on 108 carries with three touchdowns.
Practice opened in Blacksburg on Sunday. Coming in, Coach Justin Fuente shared positive remarks about McClease and his upcoming role in the Hokies’ rushing attack.
“(Deshawn McClease) provided a spark at times throughout the year,” Fuente said prior to the start of camp. “I am really excited about his development from a physical, mental, emotional and leadership standpoint. I’ve really been pleased about him, so it excites me about him moving forward.
McClease comes in with momentum. At the end of last season, McClease had 18 carries for a 124 yards against Oklahoma State in the Camping World Bowl.
You can expect senior running back Steven Peoples to get a lion’s share of carries until McClease can prove that he deserves to be first in line to carry the rock. It’s a long season, and there will be a lot of touches to go around.
– Andy Hilton