Raheem Blackshear Announces Transfer to Virginia Tech

The Hokies pick up speedy former Rutgers running back Raheem Blackshear.

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So we just gonna have a qb and 10 rbs out on the field, huh?

Doesn't matter, welcome to Hokie Nation!

That's not enough TEs lol

"Take care of the little things and the big things will come."

Kentucky made it work...

We put the K in Kwality

Too soon /s

"Take care of the little things and the big things will come."

We're not actually hiring a DB coach, we're bringing in Paul Johnson.

Is it because he knows how to make a passing attack stop dead in its tracks?

Are you trying to trigger DCWilson?!

"Take care of the little things and the big things will come."

Fuente might as well since he could never beat him

If you want level-headed opinions, don't go on a message board or sports forums

I was debating between making this joke and the one I went with, lol.

Well at least we'd have an efficient passing attack

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It's effective damnit, effective I say!

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Porque no los dos?

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"Hey Bud, you wont have to hold the opponent to 17 points anymore."

Looks a good recieving option out of the backfield welcome to Virginia tech!

Directions from Blacksburg to whoville, go north till you smell it then go east until you step in it

73 catches in his last 16 games, 9+ yards per catch

Speed never hurts, but sometimes it feels like we're running an orphanage for running backs.

It does seem that we're throwing stuff at the wall and seeing what sticks at RB. For whatever reason it looks like this staff is having a tough time finding a RB that wants to play here that fits the system. I'm not even sure they know what fits the system. Our OL should help them with that decision in the coming years.

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Im glad Blackshear decided to come back home from Florida
Hoops team back in good hands

I'm hearing that it would take a waiver to be immediately eligible. But, he shut it down and redshirted this year. So why shut it down if you are going to lose another year after transfer?

"If you don't have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?"

He was obviously betting on getting a waiver. If he doesn't get one then he's in the same boat regardless. Which is sit a year and play your senior year.

He was obviously betting on getting a waiver

LOL. Welcome Raheem, but you've got a lot to learn about Virginia Tech.

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He'll use the new coach waiver. NCAA said Hoffman waited too long. Blackshear quit and didn't play a down when Ash and the OC were fired. But if the NCAA can find a way to screw VT, they typically do so we'll see.

Yeah, I have a bad feeling about this one. The NCAA can basically screw us out of an entire year of Blackshear playing, that might be irresistable to them despite the situation appearing to be another slam dunk waiver.

If Cade Mays gets a waiver from his father getting a hangnail and Blackshear is denied over a coaching change, then it will be business as usual at the NCAA.

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I get the pessimism, but "hangnail"? Dude literally got his digit lopped off and Sam Pittman put it on ice to no avail......but to Pittman's credit he landed the recruit.

I guess the whole scenario is getting me nauseous having to listen to it here in the Knoxville area. Yes, his father's injury was quite serious. On the other hand, we haven't heard a peep out of UGa which is into institutional "we are being sued mode" but the family's lawyer clearly has never met a microphone or interview request he didn't love, and without providing any information says thing like "this is the biggest slam dunk waiver request I've ever seen" yada yada. I personally don't see a linkage between the father having an accident and the player getting a waiver and the lawyer for all his "sure thing" talk has not once mentioned an actual reason for the waiver request.
But, in the lawyer's defense, there may be a whole lot about the situation that none of us knows yet.

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I mean it's a medical hardship that's much more severe than say...a tumor. And he's moving to within 105 miles of his home, so probably is a slam dunk....

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Could potentially have two years if he gets a waiver for coaching change.

If he doesn't he won't impact the crowded RB room this season.

Correct, but it does affect the scholarship total regardless of sitting or not

These moves tell me that the decision was made to completely overhaul the RB room. Fuente looked around at the backs on the team and their coach, and decided that none of them have "it", particularly the guys with experience. The exception being King who has some juice but can't do it all himself, especially until he develops more physically which might take some time. Fuente is bringing in Herbert, Blackshear, and to a certain extent Lee, guys that have shown what they can do on the field at this level because he thinks next year is a chance to put together something special if the running game can be elevated to another level.

None of that really matters if Vice can't get his guys to run block better. PFF had the VT offensive line graded at 94th/130 for run blocking this season. If they can grade closer to a top 30 level and the transfers work out we could be looking at a pretty nice season.

"For those who have passed, for those to come, reach for excellence."

I have hope. Brock will provide a lot of help and remember Hudson and Nester were dealing with high school defenders a year ago, so I've gotta give them credit for what they were able to do against significantly more challenging competition.

That sounds worse than it actually was. We had 3 true freshman getting a lot if playing time, that is not a great look. Big Squat Friday's will help that!

Well those 3 freshmen were obviously better than everyone else in his group. What does that say about the development of guys that have been in the system for 3-4 years?

"For those who have passed, for those to come, reach for excellence."

I respectfully disagree. I don't think they were obviously better and besides, you have to look at a player's development individually. If you tell me that each player has digressed throughout their career and provide evidence, then okay. But your argument is like saying we can't develop WR's because Grimsley was passed on the chart by Robinson or Wheatley was passed by King.

I don't even know what we're arguing about at this point. All I'm saying is that in year 4 of Vance Vice the best 5 OL we have graded out at 94th nationally in run blocking. Hopefully the youth on the line improves over the next few seasons, but we were saying the same thing a few years ago. At what point do we just admit that he doesn't know what he's doing?

"For those who have passed, for those to come, reach for excellence."

Damn that's harsh. The natural counter is that we haven't had a running back worth a damn. Not to level of Miami, Pitt, BC, Clemson, FSU, to be able to run through or find holes. We are about to completely overhaul the roster for running backs. Until we have some legit top tier running backs it's hard to pass judgement

I didn't say that our run offense was 94th, I said the run blocking grade as a unit was.

As far as I'm aware PFF's run blocking grade is independent of running back production. It isolates the offensive lineman and grades them on how well they handle their assignment. Having skilled backs does not affect their grade at all.

"For those who have passed, for those to come, reach for excellence."

VV doesn't know what he was doing? I CLEARLY remember how one of the biggest complaints before Fuente took over is how bad our O-Line was. That means that VV probably had a big rebuild to do. And now we've got a lot of talent there, granted most of it is young. We got Brock in and had hoped he'd get a waiver last year which would have provided talent AND experience. Not sure about anybody else, but I think the O-Line is definitely improving and I'm happy with the talent being brought in there and the progress they're making.

People made comments about how much better McClease was this year, but I think a large part of that is that our line was doing better than they had in previous years.

At what point do we just admit that he doesn't know what he's doing?

Apparently, when he recruits like Burden, Wiles and Mitchell; or if Kill thinks he's incompetent; or if his guys don't progress like they should.

The 3-4 year guys you seem to want to hang him on are Cannon (a former walk-on who is far exceeding expectations), Hoyt (Beamer recruit), T Smith (Beamer recruit, perpetually injured), and Jackson (December pickup in 2015).

Harris already looked around and could see the handwriting...stuck behind better players. That is hardly an indictment of Vice.

Realistically...next year there are no excuses for the O in particular. On paper, there is good talent and depth across the board. If they don't score a bunch, it may be more than just Vice out the door.

Coaching =/= Recruiting

VV has been our best recruiter over the past few classes, but that has no impact on player development and in-game results.

I do agree that next year is honestly the make or break year for Fuente's offense. There are no excuses if they aren't at least a top 30 unit.

"For those who have passed, for those to come, reach for excellence."

Can't really agree with this. IMO there is a pretty solid correlation between the Jimmy's and Joe's you have at your disposal and the end result (which, by and large, defines coaching - particularly in the eyes of armchair QBs).

It is not absolute though.

You don't agree that recruiting and player development are two separate job responsibilities for coaches?

"For those who have passed, for those to come, reach for excellence."

Didnt we just have a true freshman all acc lineman?

That's nice and all, but the OL as a unit was 94th out of 130 teams in run blocking and it was obvious all season. If we want to win more than 8 games we're gonna have to be able to run the ball even when teams know we're gonna run it. My personal opinion is that Vance Vice is not a good teacher of blocking technique. Hopefully he proves me wrong next season.

"For those who have passed, for those to come, reach for excellence."

This is what kills me about these kinds of rankings and stats. You're completely ignoring development. I mean i just honestly have to accept that you don't understand football that well if you didn't see the progression of 2 True Freshmen, 1 Redshirt Freshman, and 2 Sophomores from the beginning to the end of the season, culminating with 219 yards against a top 25 defense. O-line play is literally the least of my concerns with this team moving forward.

Gobble Till You Wobble

agree -- i saw marked improvement over the course of the year and also saw a change in the level of aggression in run blocking that our guys showed after jerry kill came in

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Sort of.

How do you define "player development"?

By one definition, UNC has been quite good at player development over the years. By another, they've been terrible.

I just watched his highlights. Serious burst and he can definitely make guys miss. Really good receiver both out of the backfield and lining up as an actual receiver.

I think he could be a real playmaker for us as a normal back, but especially if we can figure out how to use him as a receiving option. He broke a lot of big plays with a bottom tier p5 supporting cast around him.

Let's talk about RPO.

This is going to be great for the ACC.

You think the coaches would consider redshirting King now?

My gut says no. It could potentially make sense, but I think King will still get a lot of carries, and as someone who played so much as a freshman that would be a hard pitch to sell him.

Ideally we figure out a way to utilize Blackshear in a Percy Harvin role, but that's always easier said than done.

Actually think is a pretty good underrated idea.

King showed me two things this season: that, with his speed, he can be electric in space; and that he doesn't yet have the size or power to create his own space. Clearly needs an (injury-free) offseason and maybe more to get the sustained starter's carries.

Cue the arrivals of two veteran P5 starters (and a top Juco) who look much more the part at the moment. At least two of them will contribute immediately, filling the gaps left by those who left/will leave - if you can give a talent like King a year to get his legs under him (literally!) instead of throwing him into the fire because you have few other viable options, why wouldn't you?

I want the best players to play, obviously; KK's gonna be great, but he's not ready yet imo - and we have a group of guys who can hold down the fort until he is. Let him play 4 games at the end of the season as the older guys get dinged up, as RBs are liable to do...

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You're the only ones that I can talk to about this, you guys.

With Herbert, Blackshear, and Lee enrolling in January, and returning RBs all healthy, it should all sort itself out quite nicely between now and the end of Spring practice.

This makes me want to say the F word

Easy there, sailor

Talked to a PSU guy about this - he noted that Blackshear was the only top flight talent on Rutgers' team the past couple of years, but noted that he wasn't sure if it was because Blackshear is good or their entire team was otherwise garbage. Either way, sounds like a good pickup!

Started watching his highlights on youtube and has some excellent
ones against good competition, i.e., Wisconsin. He was running and juking
all over the field against them. Makes me wonder if this is an under the radar
pickup that's better than we realize.

I think it depends on whose radar it is, he's a good player. Blackshear's primary value is as a receiver; he had more receptions in 4 games this year than McClease had in his career at VT. I expect him to rotate with Robinson and give us depth and versatility at RB.

But, is he fast?

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I really think he will be used more in the slot than at RB. If he's gets eligibility, that's a whole lot of explosiveness between him and T Rob.

In Sam Rogers we trust.

I agree. Unless there are injuries, I don't really foresee him being used much in RB role (at least as it has existed so far under Fuente).

Very very good player and will take this O to another level next year. Will likely play more slot than RB, but might get a couple carries a game. Not sure that we've ever had someone in this mold in Blacksburg.

For those of you complaining about numbers, this is good roster management from Fu and the gang. Our running back room was bad, and they very quickly made it a strength. We need to see this type of aggressiveness every offseason and I'm damn happy about it.

Expect a good amount of running back attrition coming as well.

I wouldn't count on him playing. NCAA is almost certainly going to find some way to screw us and he's not guaranteed eligibility. So let's hold our horses

If a tree falls in Scott Stadium does it make a sound?

Also very true

Hey, if LA is happy, then I'm happy. Good job Fu&Co

Would he take away snaps from Robinson? I really liked what we saw from him this year would love to keep seeing him make plays but if this guy's better I'd assume he will play

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Yeah he probably will. Tay will still get his though

Not sure - I think the distribution may change next year if we see more drops from our top receivers. It looks like we have a lot of potential playmakers on O next year between Turner (if he can bring the ball in consistently), TR, Blackshear, Herbert, Hooker (QB run plays), Mitchell, etc. Now that I'm actually thinking about it, I'm REALLY excited about the offense next year!

I have seen more than a few complaining on here and other places. Look, if you don't believe what LA just said then go take a peek at some highlight reels. This kid is a little something different. He's shifty, fast and was making highlight reels with the compliments of Rutgers' roster. Him and Herbert both are electric. I think Blackshear will be all over the field.
Take a moment and just watch this reel...

#29 returning BIG10 player - Blackshear

He has skills, and wiggle.he will be hard to get off the field when he is eligible.

Also to add, I would be surprised if he wasn't the primary KO option

Any insight as to why he played just 4 games this past season to get a red shirt year? Why not keep playing? Injury? Depth chart issue?

JP

he shut it down immediately after chris ash and other coaches got fired. seemed to want to preserve his case for a waiver

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Just learned that at Rutgers, Jafar was Blackshear's lead recruiter, and Jerry Kill was his OC. Interesting connection there.

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does one degree of separation from illinois state still give the vocal minority grounds for a gripe?

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Is it a vocal minority or has it reached majority at this point?

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the vocal minority sees the illinois state connection and calls Teerlinck a bad hire

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