BLACKSBURG, Va. (WDBJ) -- With their sights set firmly on Saturday's home opener against Old Dominion, the Hokies will take the field without running back Jalen Holston for the foreseeable future.
Head coach Justin Fuente only said his team would be without the junior tailback for "a little while," but a post on VT running backs coach Zohn Burden's Instagram story on Monday said, 'Prayers Up for my RB' from the New River Valley Surgery Center.
Holston was helped off the field after taking a hit during Saturday's game against Boston College.
After the team rushed for just 98 yards on 42 attempts Saturday, Fuente said the results need to improve no matter who's getting the carries.
"We've got to run the football better," he said at Monday's press conference. "I mean, that falls on everybody. It falls on the quarterback, it falls on the coaches, it falls on the offensive line and the running backs. We've all got to do a better job. We get the ball to the unblocked hat a few times, we've got to make him miss and get more yards. We've got to get the ball to the unblocked hat on a more consistent basis as well, so plenty to work on there."
It remains unclear just how long Holston will be sidelined, but his absence will likely lead to an increased role for freshman Keshawn King.
King led the Hokies with 33 rushing yards on 10 carries against BC.
Fuente called it an encouraging performance in a small sample size.
"I just know he's a talented person, with some explosiveness and some quickness," Fuente said. "He's got some genuine toughness. He doesn't seem to be in awe of what he's being asked to do, he just kind of goes out there and plays ball. I think he genuinely enjoys the game and enjoys getting out there and competing, so you like to see that from those young guys."