Nov 24, 2012; Blacksburg, VA, USA; Virginia Cavaliers defensive end Eli Harold (7) tackles Virginia Tech Hokies running back J.C. Coleman (4) during the first quarter at Lane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports

Virginia Tech running back J.C. Coleman out against Alabama Saturday

The Virginia Tech Hokies are already a three-touchdown underdog against college football’s number one team, the Alabama Crimson Tide, on Saturday night. The Hokies need all the help they can get, but one of their questionable players has now officially been declared out.

Running back J.C.Coleman won’t play against the Crimson Tide on Saturday night, and didn’t travel with the team to Atlanta. He suffered multiple sprained ankles during practice.

Coleman, who sprained both his ankles in practice this week, did not travel to Atlanta with the Hokies. He had practiced with limited contact this week.

Coleman had been projected to start for Virginia Tech after Michael Holmes was dismissed from the school in July following a guilty plea on a misdemeanor assault and battery charge.

This means two redshirt freshman, Trey Edmunds and Chris Mangus, will have to step up and take on the vaunted Crimson Tide defense.

Coleman was the leading running back on the Hokies last season, finishing with 109 carries for 492 total yards and two touchdowns. Quarterback Logan Thomas was the leading rusher with 527 total yards and nine touchdowns.

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