Colorado appears to be replacing its leading rusher with Virginia Tech’s leading rusher.
On Saturday, running back Travon McMillian announced on Twitter that he has decided to transfer to CU for his final season of eligibility.
“Looking forward for this opportunity!” he tweeted.
The 6-foot, 210-pound McMillian was the leading rusher at Virginia Tech in 2015, and he led Hokies tailbacks in rushing yards in 2016. He was their top tailback during the regular season this past year, as well, but skipped the Hokies’ trip to the Camping World Bowl and got passed up in that game.
McMillian, who rushed for 2,153 yards and 16 touchdowns in his career with the Hokies, could be in line to replace Phillip Lindsay, who recently completed his career as the second leading rusher in CU history. Lindsay led the Buffs in rushing the past three years and became the first player in CU history to top 1,000 yards in back-to-back seasons.
Originally, McMillian went to Virginia Tech as a dual-threat quarterback, but switched to tailback as a freshman.
As a redshirt freshman in 2015, he rushed for 1,043 yards and seven touchdowns. Following that season, the Hokies hired Justin Fuente as head coach and he has used a committee of backs, which has limited McMillian’s carries.
In addition to his rushing totals, he caught 35 passes for 351 yards and seven touchdowns at Virginia Tech. He also had 14 kickoff returns for 328 yards, including a long of 70 yards.
According to a December story at Roanoke.com, McMillian plans to graduate from Tech in May with a finance degree.
Adding McMillian gives the Buffs some much-needed experience at running back.
Outside of Lindsay, who finished with 1,474 yards on a school-record 301 carries this year, the Buffs rarely used other running backs.
Beau Bisharat, who will be a junior, was second among running backs with 61 yards on 21 carries. He has 106 yards on 36 carries in his career.
In addition to Bisharat, the Buffs return seniors Kyle Evans and Donovan Lee.
Evans, a former walk-on, has 400 yards on 104 carries in his career, but had just two yards on two carries this past season.
Lee, who has also played receiver, redshirted this past season. He has 422 yards on 85 yards in his career.
CU also returns redshirt freshman Alex Fontenot and in December signed Jared Broussard and Deion Smith, who will be true freshmen in the fall.