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Updated: January 28, 2015
2014 Military Bowl MVP
2014-15: Played in all 13 games, making two starts … Logged 248 plays, 188 at tailback and 60 on special teams … Had a strong final four games to finish as the team’s leading rusher … Carried the ball 107 times for 533 yards and three touchdowns … Made the start against William & Mary, finishing the game with 20 yards and a touchdown on 10 rushes … Saw action at tailback and on special teams at Ohio State, running the ball three times for 16 yards … Returned one kickoff for 15 yards against East Carolina … Saw action at tailback as well as on special teams against Georgia Tech and Western Michigan … Ran the ball seven times for 25 yards and a touchdown at North Carolina … Had three rushes for 4 yards at Pitt … Returned a kickoff while in on seven special teams plays against Miami … Had a 44-yard kickoff return against Boston College … Ran the ball 20 times for 95 yards at Duke … Had 98 yards on 18 rushes at Wake Forest … Ran for 118 yards on 18 carries in the win over Virginia … Was named MVP of the Miltary Bowl after rushing for a Tech bowl record 157 yards and a touchdown against Cincinnati.
2013-14: Played in 10 games, starting one … Was in on 289 plays, 262 coming at tailback and 27 on special teams … Ran the ball 84 times for 284 yards and a touchdown, also catching 11 passes for 79 yards … Did not dress for the opener against Alabama recovering from an ankle injury … Ran for 38 yards on seven carries against Western Carolina … Re-injured his ankle during the Western Carolina game and did not dress against East Carolina or Marshall … Saw limited action on offense at Georgia Tech … Ran for 26 yards on eight carries in the win over North Carolina … Totaled 25 yards on six rushes in the win over Pittsburgh … Ran for 28 yards on 10 carries, also grabbing three passes for 17 yards against Duke … Caught two passes for 11 yards at Boston College … Ran the ball 22 times for 77 yards in the win at Miami … Ran the ball five times for 13 yards against Maryland … Rushed for 57 yards on 14 carries in the win at Virginia … Got the start in the Sun Bowl, rushing nine times for 22 yards with a touchdown … Also caught three passes for 29 yards in the game … Earned Super Iron Hokie honors in summer max testing … Posted personal bests in the bench press (340), front squat (420) and power clean (275) … Set a new tailback front squat record with a 455-pound effort in spring max testing en route to Super Iron Hokie honors … Earned the Frank O. Moseley Award (player who exhibits the most hustle during offseason and spring workouts) for the offense at the end of the spring session.
2012-13: Played in all 13 games, making six starts … Saw action on 463 plays, including 391 at tailback and 72 more on special teams … Was second on the team in carries (109) and rushing yards (492) and scored two touchdowns … Also caught 21 passes for 132 yards and a score … Ran for 25 yards on four carries in the season-opening win over Georgia Tech … Rushed six times for 29 yards in first career start against Austin Peay … Appeared on nine offensive snaps, while also returning three kickoffs for 69 yards at Pittsburgh … Recorded four rushes for 45 yards against Bowling Green … Ran the ball seven times to total 32 yards, while also returning two kickoffs for 37 yards … Notched the team’s first 100-yard rushing game of the season when he ran for 183 yards, including an 86-yard break against Duke … Returned three kickoffs and ran the ball 12 times at Clemson … Ran the ball five times for 23 yards at Miami … Carried the ball 16 times for a total of 41 yards, also returning one kickoff for 34 yards against Florida State … Tallied 48 yards rushing on 12 carries, also adding a 14-yard reception at Boston College … Ran the ball 13 times for 36 yards against Virginia … Caught five passes for 39 yards, also returning three kickoffs for 61 yards against Rutgers in the Russell Athletic Bowl … Earned the President’s Award during the spring as the offensive player who demonstrated the most outstanding leadership … Caught three passes in the spring game.
2011-12: Did not sign NLI as he graduated from high school early and enrolled at Virginia Tech in January, 2012 … Went through off-season workouts with the team … Earned Iron Hokie honors and ran a 4.48 in the 40 … Had four carries for 37 yards, including a 23-yard touchdown run during the team’s final spring scrimmage.
High School: A SuperPrep and PrepStar All-American … A National Underclassmen Combine East Regional First-Team All-America selection … Rushed for 1,488 yards and 20 touchdowns as a senior despite missing three games with an ankle injury … Led his team to the Group AAA Division 6 state title his senior season … A two-time first-team All-Tidewater selection by The Virginian Pilot … Named The Chesapeake Sports Club Player of the Year … A first-team All-Southeastern District selection at tailback his senior season … A member of the National Underclassmen Combine preseason East Regional First-Team … Rushed for 1,402 yards and 21 touchdowns as a junior … Finished his career with 4,416 yards rushing … Scored 326 points in his career – fifth all time in the South Hampton Roads area … Listed as the No. 101 overall prospect in the country, the No. 3 all-purpose back in the country and the No. 5 prospect in Virginia by Rivals … Rated the No. 6 prospect in Virginia by The Roanoke Times … Ranked as the No. 7 player in the state of Virginia by SuperPrep … Ranked as the No. 10 all-purpose back in the country and the No. 10 player in his state by 247Sports … Ranked as the No. 25 tailback in the country by Tom Lemming on MaxPreps … Listed as the No. 32 running back in the country by Scout … Ranked as the No. 24 running back in the country, the No. 49 player in his region and the No. 9 player in the state by ESPN Recruiting Nation.
Personal: Joel David Coleman … Goes by “J.C.” … Born 1/13/94 in Norfolk, VA … Son of Mychelle and Joel Coleman … Majoring in psychology.