Posted by Tom Fornelli
Virginia Tech now has a couple of running backs it'll need to replace in 2011. Earlier this week Darren Evans announced that he'd be leaving Blacksburg to enter the NFL Draft, and now Ryan Williams has decided to give professional football a shot as well. Williams made it official on Sunday morning, letting Virginia Tech know that he was not going to return for another season.
“It came down to what I felt like was the best decision for me,” Williams said. “When they say you have the potential to be a first rounder, that’s something that’s hard to pass up. This has been my dream since I was 6 and I’ve never wanted to do anything else. This is an opportunity to help out my family and especially my brother.
“I want to thank Coach Beamer for giving me the opportunity to play. I remember when he came for my home visit with a No. 34 jersey and he told me I’d look good in it. I just thank him for the opportunity to play for his team. I also have thank Coach Hite for the opportunity to play in his backfield and for teaching my how to block and Coach Stinespring for allowing me to play for his offense.”
Williams burst on to the scene as a redshirt freshman in 2009, rushing for 1,655 yards and 21 touchdowns. Injuries hampered him a bit in 2010, as he finished the season with only 477 yards and nine touchdowns. Still, he's been told that he's likely to go in the first two rounds of the NFL draft, and that's a hard opportunity for anyone to pass up. Particularly when you play a position that's known to have a short shelf-life.