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Posted on: November 5, 2010 3:59 pm
Edited on: November 5, 2010 4:04 pm
 

Virginia Tech loses WR for season after surgery

Posted by Chip Patterson

Georgia Tech wasn't the only team to lose a player for the season in Thursday night's Coastal Division battle in Blacksburg.  Virginia Tech wide receiver/kick returner Dyrell Roberts suffered a bruised thigh on the first kickoff return in the 28-21 victory over the Yellow Jackets.  Roberts returned to the game briefly, but missed most of the second half.  On Friday morning Roberts underwent emergency surgery after developing a compartment syndrome in his left thigh, according to head athletic trainer Mike Goforth.  He is expected to miss the rest of the regular season in recovery, but Goforth did not rule out a return for the Hokies bowl game.

I had to google "compartment syndrome" myself, and it looks incredibly painful.  Roberts' injury is certainly not good news for a Hokies offense that has dealt with health issues all year, but what if he had been healthy and David Wilson had not gotten to return the last Georgia Tech kickoff.  Would Roberts have also run the kick back for the winning touchdown?  Roberts has 21 catches for 303 yards and two touchdowns on the season, and is averaging 19.4 yards per return in the kicking game.  Virginia Tech, now 5-0 in the conference, have created a healthy amount of space from the rest of the division and are a few games away from securing their spot in the ACC Championship Game.
Posted on: November 5, 2010 12:01 am
Edited on: November 5, 2010 12:05 am
 

Hokies survive GT, Josh Nesbitt out for season

Posted by Chip Patterson

With the return of Ryan Williams to the Virginia Tech backfield, sophomore running back David Wilson knew he would need to make the most of his few opportunities with the ball. Pushed back to third-string again, Wilson made the most of every touch. But no touch was quite as important as the 90-yard kick return for the winning touchdown with 2:23 left in the game. It was the only way to answer the 9 play, 80 yard drive by a crippled Georgia Tech offense.

One particular aspect of the Georgia Tech option-based offense is that it does not rely too heavily on any particular player. Which is why when starting quarterback Josh Nesbitt left the game after injuring his arm attempting to make a tackle, the Yellow Jackets were far from done. Nesbitt has been the center of Paul Johnson's offensive scheme for most of his career, but Thursday night called for backup Tevin Washington to step in for the second half. After he put together that drive in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 21, all momentum was swinging the way of the Jackets.

But Lane Stadium erupted as Wilson broke free up the left side, accelerating past the Yellow Jackets coverage and right into the end zone. The Hokies were able to secure the 28-21 win and improve to a perfect 5-0 in conference play. But what shook the Coastal Division the most may have been the news on injured quarterback Josh Nesbitt. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is reporting that Nesbitt is out for the season with a broken right forearm. If there is any good news for the Yellow Jackets, Nesbitt believes that he would be able to play in a bowl game. Otherwise, Thursday night was a narrow escape for the Hokies, and a terrible twist in an already disappointing season for the Yellow Jackets.
Posted on: November 1, 2010 3:58 pm
Edited on: November 1, 2010 4:01 pm
 

VT's Williams nearing full strength

Posted by Chip Patterson

Virginia Tech running back Ryan Williams has not had the kind of season he was expecting after setting the ACC single-season rushing record as a redshirt freshman in 2009.  A slight hamstring tear in the third game of the season has kept Williams out four games before finally returning to the field October 23 for a six carry warm up int he 44-7 victory against Duke.  Williams has benefited from the Hokies' off week to continue to heal and prepare for Virginia Tech's primetime matchup with division rival Georgia Tech on Thursday in Blacksburg.  After Saturday's practice, the sophomore running back announced himself "85-90 percent" healthy, but some particularly insightful analysis was offered by offensive coordinator Bryan Stinespring.  

"I thought he made some nice cuts," Stinespring said. "He hit a gear very quickly. I thought he turned it loose a couple times. If you'd have asked me up until this week, I always thought there was a little bit of hesitation in him. But (Saturday), I thought he felt good, looked good. Looked like he had a bounce in his step out there."

Williams' only two complete games all season were the Hokies' only two losses against Boise State and James Madison.  At this point in the season, that 0-2 start seems like an ancient memory in the ACC.  Since the joining the conference, Virginia Tech has consistently competed for division and conference titles week in and week out.  The heart-wrenching loss to the Broncos and upset at the hands of their in-state FCS rivals have no effect on Frank Beamer's pursuit of his fourth ACC title since joining the conference in 2004.  At this point, Virginia Tech controls their own destiny in the conference title race.  Miami and Georgia Tech are tied for second place in the division with 3-2 records, and the Hokies face both opponents in the final stretch of the regular season.  A win over Georgia Tech on Thursday would create a crucial advantage over Miami, allowing some breathing room before the Hokies have to travel to Coral Gables on November 20.
Posted on: September 20, 2010 1:27 pm
 

Ryan Williams' status unknown until Thursday

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Virginia Tech running back Ryan Williams had to watch the Hokies finish their first win of the 2010 season in street clothes and on crutches last Saturday after suffering a hamstring injury during the first half.   Though Darren Evans and David Wilson did a nice job filling in for Williams, with Virginia Tech's ACC opener looming against Boston College this Saturday in Chestnut Hill, there are plenty of people wondering what the running back's status is for the game.

Well, don't ask Frank Beamer, because he isn't talking.

During his press conference on Monday Beamer said that Williams' status won't be known until the team's injury report is released on Thursday.  He was then asked a follow-up question about whether Williams felt any better on Sunday and reiterated that his status won't be known until Thursday.

Which is coach speak for "Oh I know exactly what Ryan Williams' status is for this weekend's game, but I sure as heck aren't going to let Boston College know what it is any sooner than I have to."  A strategy that I have no problem with a coach employing whenever he sees fit.

Personally I don't think Williams will play against Boston College, which could prove to be a big problem for a Virginia Tech team looking to erase the memory of a horrible start to the season with a strong ACC campaign.  Boston College has given up less yards rushing than any other team in the ACC so far this season (54.0 yards per game), and Beamerball consists of ramming the ball down your throat and maybe blocking a punt or two in the process.

Without Williams, that becomes a bit tougher to accomplish.
 
 
 
 
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