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New Running Back in Blacksburg Catches Beamer's Eye

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 Blacksburg (WSLS)   The race to backup Hokies running back Trey Edmunds may have another entrant.

The best running back in Blacksburg that you haven't heard of yet--is Shai McKenzie. 

The 4-star recruit out of Washington, Pennsylvania enrolled early but couldn't participate in the spring because he was recovering from a torn right ACL. McKenzie rushed for more than 2700 yards and 42 scores as a junior in high school.

Well---he was up and running at the Hokies opening practice Monday afternoon.

His 5-11, 220 pound frame was moving well, and Coach Frank Beamer took notice.

He pointed out in his post practice press conference that McKenzie made some natural looking cuts--something he says you look for..and that he was impressed with him. 

McKenzie will be fighting for playing time with Joel Caleb and JC Coleman behind Hokies starter Trey Edmunds.

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