- High School/Other
- 5' 6"
- 187 lbs.
- Oscar Smith
- Chesapeake, Va.
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Updated: January 19, 2016
2014 Military Bowl MVP
2015 All-ACC Indoor Track (60m)
2016 Tropic Bowl Participant
2015-16: Played in 12 games, making four starts .... Carried the ball 48 times for 210 yards and a touchdown .... Caught two passes for 21 yards ... Had nine kickoff returns for 170 yards ... Started and had 12 carries for 43 yards against Ohio State ... Started and had three carries for 15 yards against Furman ... Had 10 carries for a season-high 46 yards and a touchdown at Purdue ... Started and carried the ball seven times for 13 yards at East Carolina ... Started and have five carries for three yards against Pittsburgh ... Had two carries for 10 yards against North Carolina and also returned two kickoffs for 46 yards ... Had one kickoff return for 14 yards at Virginia ... Had eight carries for 78 yards and one catch for 11 yards, also had three kickoff returns for 56 yards vs. Tulsa in the Independence Bowl.
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 Military Bowl after rushing for a Tech bowl record 157 yards and a touchdown against Cincinnati … Transitioned to indoor track in the winter, helping the men's squad win an ACC Indoor Track & Field title … Finished fifth in the men's 60m at the ACC Championships with a 6.89 in the finals to earn All-ACC honors … Earned Iron Hokie honors in spring max testing … Posted a 37-inch vertical jump and a 4.48 40-yard dash … Earned the Don Williams Team United Award as the player who put team first in spring practice.
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 January 13, 1994 in Norfolk, Virginia … Son of Mychelle and Joel Coleman … Graduated with a degree in psychology ... Pursuing a masters degree in curriculum and instruction.