Talking (Wild) Turkey
As Alabama trampled Virginia Tech for 268 rushing yards, it used a steady dose of Mark Ingram out of the Wildcat formation. Ingram had 150 rushing yards on 26 carries.
In the past the Hokies have also used their own variation on the formation, the Wild Turkey, with bruising 283-pound tight end Greg Boone.
On Tuesday, running back running back Ryan Williams said he would like to line up as the quarterback out of the formation. He proved his playmaking ability in the Hokies’ 34-24 loss Saturday to Alabama. But there have already been questions about how he might add to his repertoire.
Asked about playing in the Wild Turkey, Williams said: “I would like to do it. I think I’d be able to run it well. It would be kind of tricky for a defense to figure out if I’m going to run or pass the ball.”
While his passing remains another matter, Williams, a redshirt freshman, showed signs he could be a promising runner. He accumulated 113 all-purpose yards against the Crimson Tide and was named the conference’s rookie of the week for his performance.
Williams rushed for a team-high 71 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries. He was the first Virginia Tech running back to score two touchdowns in his debut since Shyrone Stith did it against Akron in 1996. Williams’s low point came in the first quarter, when he muffed a punt and then removed himself as the team’s punt returner.
In the preseason, Williams was among a list of players talked about as potential quarterbacks in the Wild Turkey. Others included Boone and wide receiver Marcus Davis. For now, it does not seem like Virginia Tech has given serious consideration to tinkering with the formation.
“I don’t know who's going to go back there or if we’re going to change anything with Boone,” Williams said, “or if we’re even going to run it with Boone.”
The No. 14 Hokies (0-1) face Marshall (1-0) on Saturday at Lane Stadium.
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