WEEK 12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Coleton Beck, Blacksburg

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BLACKSBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) The Blacksburg Bruins had made five consecutive first round playoff exits. That is until last week when speedster Coleton Beck made sure that didn't happen again against Lord Botetourt.

Beck is the true definition of a running man.

Playoff football. The epitome of "win or go home." And going home wasn't an option for Blacksburg last week against Lord Botetourt. Junior running back, Coleton Beck, did more than his part for the Bruins, running for 436 yards and six touchdowns on the way to the 56-34 win, the team's first postseason victory since 2002.

"Our offensive line got a lot of confidence going into that game from the week before, and we just stuck to the same game plan. Our guys figured out as early as they could what they were trying to do, and we started blocking up front. And then Cole did the rest,” Blacksburg head coach Thad Wells said.

Beck also has continued to make a name for himself running on the track, and though it's clear his speed is definitely a factor out on the football field, he's progress as a complete running back is evident.

"You see now that Coleton is not only the speed guy, but he's starting to run extremely hard and he's breaking tackles. He's not just a track guy. I think we're starting to see that, I think recruits are starting to see that, and we're just excited he's on our team,” Wells said.

And the success Beck has had in the Blacksburg backfield has even made Coach Wells slow down a bit on the up-tempo pass-first offense.

"We have threats all over the field. Either they set the box with the pass, but if they come out, we can run the ball,” Beck said.

And while his play has impacted some of Blacksburg's schemes, he hopes to continue to impact his teammates around him, as he becomes a senior next year.

"I don't want to just get myself better. I want everyone else to get better around me, and so, it will carry on and hopefully have a brighter future for us,” Beck said.
The Blacksburg Bruins had made five consecutive first round playoff exits. That is until last week when speedster Coleton Beck made sure that didn't happen again against Lord Botetourt.

Beck is the true definition of a running man.

Playoff football. The epitome of "win or go home." And going home wasn't an option for Blacksburg last week against Lord Botetourt. Junior running back, Coleton Beck, did more than his part for the Bruins, running for 436 yards and six touchdowns on the way to the 56-34 win, the team's first postseason victory since 2002.

"Our offensive line got a lot of confidence going into that game from the week before, and we just stuck to the same game plan. Our guys figured out as early as they could what they were trying to do, and we started blocking up front. And then Cole did the rest,” Blacksburg head coach Thad Wells said.

Beck also has continued to make a name for himself running on the track, and though it's clear his speed is definitely a factor out on the football field, he's progress as a complete running back is evident.

"You see now that Coleton is not only the speed guy, but he's starting to run extremely hard and he's breaking tackles. He's not just a track guy. I think we're starting to see that, I think recruits are starting to see that, and we're just excited he's on our team,” Wells said.

And the success Beck has had in the Blacksburg backfield has even made Coach Wells slow down a bit on the up-tempo pass-first offense.

"We have threats all over the field. Either they set the box with the pass, but if they come out, we can run the ball,” Beck said.

And while his play has impacted some of Blacksburg's schemes, he hopes to continue to impact his teammates around him, as he becomes a senior next year.

"I don't want to just get myself better. I want everyone else to get better around me, and so, it will carry on and hopefully have a brighter future for us,” Beck said.