Even as there’s (laughable) uncertainty swirling around Alabama’s starting quarterback, the two-time defending BCS champion’s opponent this weekend has suffered a definitive, albeit expected, loss on the offensive side of the ball.
Virginia Tech officials confirmed Friday night that running back J.C. Coleman did not travel with the team to Atlanta and, thus, will not play in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game against the Tide Saturday evening. Coleman, a co-starter at RB heading into summer camp, suffered a pair of ankle sprains — a left high-ankle sprain and a right ankle sprain — over two weeks ago.
The true sophomore had returned to practice earlier this week — and proclaimed the week before he would “definitely” be ready for the Tide — but has been very limited since stepping back on the practice field. Officially, he’s been listed as questionable for the opener.
Last season, Coleman led all Hokie running backs with 492 yards rushing. With Coleman a no-go, redshirt freshman Trey Edmunds would get the initial nod against the Tide.