BLACKSBURG, Va. (WFXR) — When Virginia Tech begins fall practice this week, the Hokies will welcome a familiar face back to the roster.

Cole Beck is once again becoming a dual sport athlete.

The Blacksburg high school graduate is adding football back onto his workload after focusing solely on track the last two years.

Beck had been on the Hokies football team in 2018 and 2019 but has yet to play in a game. The Virginia Tech sprinter decided to drop football after injuring his collarbone prior to his sophomore season.

Beck went on to become the school’s first ACC champion in the 100 meter dash and was named the MVP of both indoor and outdoor conference meets this past year.

His football teammates are happy to have him back on the gridiron.

“Cole’s been my guy. He came in my year and I hang out with him all the time in Blacksburg. Still have his number. It’s not like he’s very much of a newcomer. He’s a familiar face around the facilities,” wide receiver Kaleb Smith said. “He’s another mature aspect of being a Virginia Tech kid all around. And a great teammate too. He’s definitely going to find a way to light up the field and show that electric speed.”

It won’t be too long until Beck is showing off his speed, at least in practice. The first training session is set to take place on Wednesday afternoon.