Virginia Tech spring practice: Josh Oglesby moves to fullback
Virginia Tech's Josh Oglesby moved to fullback in the offseason. Just don't tell him that.
"It was more an H-back or a B-back," Oglesby, a rising junior, said Wednesday after the Hokies' first spring practice. "Somehow it got labeled a fullback."
Whatever the title, Oglesby moved in the backfield to a position in which he will be able to get more carries. Virginia Tech has two star running backs, Ryan Williams and Darren Evans, who are starting spring practice atop the depth chart, and there seems to be little room for Oglesby to get carries out of that role.
About a week ago, Oglesby spoke with running backs coach Billy Hite, who had diagrammed different sets and plays in which he could be utilized, and not just as a blocker or little-used pass-catcher. Fullback? H-back? Oglesby is just happy to be on the field.
"We’ve got a lot of guys and it’s impossible for everybody to get those carries," Oglesby said. "So I feel like this is a good way for me to come in with a package and actually get some good running plays.”
Oglesby is a workout warrior known for his weight-room strength, and he showed his ability in the few minutes he played. His highlight from 2009 was a 59-yard, two-touchdown performance in a win over Duke.
Oglesby, who is 5 feet 11 and 216 pounds, said he does not plan to add extra weight for the new role. He does not anticipate being the head-down, barreling-forward type, the way fullbacks are often employed. He would not go for a brutish role.
"I’m 21 years old; I’m a junior," Oglesby said. "If I don’t want to do it, I’m not going to do it."
Oglesby said he viewed playing a new position as a way to enhance his résumé for the next level, showing that he can block, run and catch. He also noted that he felt he would have a certain level of involvement in the offense because there will be packages in which he is the go-to player.
"It’s got a lot of running plays," Oglesby said. "I like it. So far, I like it.”
April 1, 2010; 2:00 PM ET
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