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Fighting Illness, Williams Is Probable

Running back Ryan Williams, battling an illness earlier this week, was listed Thursday as probable for No. 4 Virginia Tech’s game Saturday against No. 19 Georgia Tech.

In addition to Williams, guard Sergio Render (pectoral strain), free safety Eddie Whitley (ankle), wide receiver Marcus Davis (ankle) and special teams player Mark Muncey (knee) were all listed as probable.

Reserve wide receiver Brandon Dillard (ankle) was listed as out.

Williams has been the most consistent and dangerous component of the Hokies’ offense. He has run for 734 yards and nine touchdowns this season. He has broken 12 plays of 20 yards or more.

If Williams is slowed it would limit Virginia Tech’s potency, although backup Josh Oglesby has performed well in his few carries. It would also spoil an intriguing subplot between Williams and Georgia Tech’s running back, Jonathan Dwyer, the 2008 ACC player of the year.

In an interview Monday, Williams said he felt under the weather and declined to shake a reporter’s hand, saying he did not want to spread his sickness. After Monday’s practice, he said that it felt like his head was pounding.

On Thursday, Williams sent a text message to his high school coach, Loren Johnson, asking for a remedy to help him feel better. Johnson said he would suggest that Williams spend some time in a sauna.

“He’ll be all right,” Johnson said in a telephone interview. “Sweat it all out, he’ll be good.”

By Mark Viera  |  October 15, 2009; 5:13 PM ET
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mind games.

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