Virginia Tech star RB Khalil Herbert will play versus Miami football

Oct 3, 2020; Durham, North Carolina, USA; Mandatory Credit: Nell Redmond-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 3, 2020; Durham, North Carolina, USA; Mandatory Credit: Nell Redmond-USA TODAY Sports /

Virginia Tech star running back Khalil Herbert will return from an injured hamstring suffered last week to play against the Miami football team Saturday.

Virginia Tech leading rusher, Khalil Herbert will return on Saturday against the Miami Football team after missing most of last week with a hamstring injury suffered on the opening kickoff in the Hokies loss to Liberty. Raheem Blackshear and Braxton Burmeister are the backups to Herbert if he suffers a setback.

Virginia Tech has the top rushing offense in ACC averaging 277.43 yards per game. The Hokies are 38 yards per game ahead of second-place North Carolina. Quarterback Hendon Hooker is also a big part of the Virginia Tech rushing offense. Hooker is second on the Hokies with 515 rushing yards and has eight touchdowns.

Hooker leads Virginia Tech with the eight rushing TDs and scorched Miami for 76 yards rushing on 16 carries and a TD last year in his first collegiate start. Blackshear has 242 rushing yards averaging 4.1 yards per carry with two TDs and nine receptions for 49 yards. Burmeister has 151 rushing yards and two TDs.

Miami is sixth in the ACC allowing 148 rushing yards per game and fifth allowing 4.14 yards per carry. Herbert is second in the ACC averaging 114.71 yards per game. Javian Hawkins of Louisville leads the ACC in rushing averaging 117.43 yards per game. Hawkins had 164 yards on 27 carries and a TD versus Miami.

Hawkins was one of two RBs to rush for over 100 yards this season. Travis Etienne of Clemson had 17 carries for 149 yards and two TDs and added eight receptions for another 73 yards. Virginia Tech is dangerous on the ground making big plays. The Hokies are second in the ACC with 65 runs of 10 yards or more.

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Virginia Tech leads the ACC with 22 runs of 20 yards or more, 10 runs of 30 yards or more and tied for first with four runs of 50 or more. The Hokies are tied for second with five runs of 40 yards or more. Miami needs to make the Hokies work for their points with sustained drives.