Tag:Ryan Williams Injury
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 23, 2010 5:35 pm

VT's Williams ruled out for Boston College

Posted by Chip Patterson

Virginia Tech running back Ryan Williams set all kinds of freshman rushing records last season on the school and conference level.  Coming into the 2010 season, the dual halfback attack of him and Darren Evans was supposed to help lead the Hokies to national prominence.  So far, Virginia Tech has been less than prolific, and things got worse against East Carolina when Williams had to leave the game with a hamstring injury.

Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer decided to stay mum on the situation until today, when the Hokies released their official injury report for Saturday's conference matchup with Boston College.  Unfortunately for Hokie fans, the report confirmed what many had speculated: Ryan Williams will be out against the Eagles this weekend.

After seeing Williams be carried off the field against the Pirates, the Hokies have been preparing to run without him all week.  This will be the first time Darren Evans has assumed a majority of the snaps since his productive freshman season in 2008.  It will also be the first time that much of the young Hokies defense has played a true road game, after kicking off at FedEx Field and playing the next two games in Lane Stadium.

Boston College enters the game 2-0, with wins over Weber State and Kent State.  The game kicks off in Chestnut Hill at Noon (ET) on Saturday.

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