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Williams in the Wild Turkey

On Saturday, running back Ryan Williams got his first taste of Wild Turkey.

In a 16-15 win over Nebraska, Virginia Tech ran its Wild Turkey offense for the first time this season. Williams took a direct snap and ran for three yards on a second-and-seven play from the Hokies’ 32-yard line in the fourth quarter.

“As soon as I get the ball I can run with it,” Williams said. “I don’t have to take any steps and run with it. It’s real quick.”

Asked if he would see more action out of the Wild Turkey, Williams said, “I hope so.”

During the summer, Williams had been mentioned as a player who would be used in the formation, so it was not a surprise to see him lined up Saturday in the shotgun. Last year, the Hokies used tight end Greg Boone to run the Wild Turkey offense.

Williams has been battling a sprained left ankle since Virginia Tech’s second intrasquad scrimmage on Aug. 22. He said he would play through it. So far, he has not really been slowed by it.

Against the Cornhuskers, Williams ran for 107 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries. He rushed for 94 of his yards in the first half and only received six carries after halftime.

He said he felt fine and that he was unsure why he did not play more toward the end, but added, “We got the win, so that’s all I really care about.”

On Monday, Williams, a redshirt freshman, was named ACC rookie of the week. It was the second time this season he had received the honor; he first earned it after a 71-yard, two-touchdown performance in a 34-24 loss to Alabama on Sept. 5.

“There were a lot of times throughout out the Alabama and Marshall games where it just aches,” Williams said of his ankle. “But when your adrenaline is pumping, you can’t feel anything.”

In three games, Williams has six touchdowns. His 114 rushing yards per game leads the ACC.

By Mark Viera  |  September 22, 2009; 8:13 AM ET
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