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A few pounds lighter, Williams is feeling better

Running back Ryan Williams was sick before Virginia Tech’s game against Georgia Tech on Oct. 17. He was so sick, in fact, that he said he lost about eight pounds and was unable to eat, surviving off intravenous fluids.

On Tuesday, Williams said he was feeling much better. He has been able to eat and he said it felt good “to go to practice and not feel like I’ve got somebody 400 pounds or something like that on my back throughout the whole day.”

Williams said he dropped below 200 pounds for the first time since he was a junior in high school. He gained back some of his weight, saying he was about 203 pounds. Before being sick, he weighed a little shy of 210 pounds.

Although Williams managed 100 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries in the Hokies’ 28-23 loss to the Yellow Jackets, he was still weak during the game and that his stomach was upset each time he landed on the football.

“I wish I could just rewind and not feel as bad as I did so I could make the plays I wanted to,” Williams said. “But my body wasn’t in the right state of mind.”

He was able to rest and get healthy during the Hokies' bye week, which came at perhaps the best time for the team.

During the week before playing the Yellow Jackets, Williams declined to shake reporters’ hands in order to prevent the spread of his illness, and he sent a text message to his high school coach, Loren Johnson, asking for a remedy to help him get better.

Williams said it was “scary for a while because I was surviving off IVs.”

By Mark Viera  |  October 28, 2009; 9:45 AM ET
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All this raises the question of why the Hokie coaching staff didn't put a healthy David Wilson and Josh Oglesby on the field for more plays, and conserve Ryan Williams' energy.

Posted by: tfirey | October 28, 2009 12:40 PM | Report abuse

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