Stinespring Excited About Tech's Loaded Backfield

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Virginia Tech offensive coordinator Bryan Stinespring says it's the question he hears most often from Hokie fans.

Will it be an issue having both sophomore Ryan Williams and junior Darren Evans in the backfield this fall?

"I don't see it that way. I don't think anybody, not in our office, sees it that way," Stinespring said Monday night, after speaking at the Shenandoah Valley Athletic Club's monthly meeting.

Evans ran for an 1,265 yards two seasons ago, an ACC record for a freshman, but missed the 2009 season with a knee injury. In his place, Williams broke the year-old record with 1,655 yards and was named the conference's rookie of the year.

"The problem is when you don't have a tailback, or when you're concerned about that spot," Stinespring said. "To say that you have too many, I don't think that's a problem."

Stinespring points to the combination of the dual tailbacks and senior quarterback Tyrod Taylor as his offense's strength entering 2010.

"At Virginia Tech, that's two really important ingredients to have," he said. "You've got to have pieces of the puzzle that fit together."

"We finished up so strong last year, in terms of the last six or seven games, then carried it into the bowl game," he added. "We have a great nucleus returning, so we feel like we have an opportunity to have some success out there."

The Hokies finished last season ranked No. 10 in both major college football polls, following a 37-14 win over Tennessee in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.

Expectations are already high for 2010, the Hokies are ranked No. 5 in ESPN's latest Top 25 for next season, based primarily on the talent returning on offense.

But Stinespring says the Hokies share those high hopes.

"Whatever magazine or newspaper or Website, whatever their expectations are, our expectations at Virginia Tech are always high," he said. "Our goal every year is to win an ACC championship and play in a bowl. And however that unfolds, it unfolds."