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Williams Still Recovering from Illness

ATLANTA – As No. 4 Virginia Tech prepared to face No. 19 Georgia Tech, running back Ryan Williams battled an illness. The details of his condition were not available, although he was listed as probable to play.

Williams’s mother, Sharon Johnson, said Saturday afternoon that Williams was feeling better and that he wanted to play against the Yellow Jackets.

“I spoke to Ryan earlier and he says he’s feeling better,” Johnson said in a text message. “He didn’t’ say whether he was going to play or not, but his intentions are that he wants to.”

Williams has been a dynamic rushing threat. If he is slowed down – or if he is unable to play – it will affect the balance of Virginia Tech’s offense. It could have a big impact on the game.

In the early afternoon Saturday, Williams’s status was a source of concern among Hokies fans who had made the trip here.

On Monday, Williams said he felt under the weather and declined to shake hands with a reporter, so as to not spread his illness. After practice later Monday, he said he felt like his head was pounding. He sent a text message to his high school coach, Loren Johnson, on Thursday, asking for a remedy to help him get better.

UPDATED | 6:05 p.m. Williams started the game. Josh Oglesby also played during the Hokies' opening possession.

Guard Sergio Render, who strained a pectoral muscle this week, did not start. Greg Nosal started in his place. Render was probable for the game.

By Mark Viera  |  October 17, 2009; 2:45 PM ET
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