Tech's McMillian looks to reach 1,000 rushing yards again

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BLACKSBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) Virginia Tech will have a new quarterback throwing the ball this year, but there will be some familiar faces coming out of the backfield.

Travon McMillian and Steven Peoples, both juniors this season, are expected to take their fair share of carries this year.

But it's been an interesting time for McMillian in particular. He burst onto the scene as a true freshman, rushing 200 times for 1,043 yards in Frank Beamer's offense.

Then as a sophomore, he saw 25-percent less carries and less than 700 yards rushing last year in Justin Fuente's new offensive schemes. But Travon says he continues to acclimate to his role, and is expecting another solid season this fall.

"Each and every year you have to prove yourself," said McMillian. "So that's the kind of attitude you have to have. This is a new coaching staff, you know, I played for Beamer when I had that big season, so when you move onto a new coaching staff you have to prove yourself again. You have to be a confident player. You have to set goals for yourself, or you won't accomplish them. If you can't believe in yourself, nobody will. So you have to figure out small details, figure out what you can get better at, to try to get back to that one thousand yard mark."