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A triumph and a setback for Chase Williams

The good news for Loudoun County's Chase Williams, son of former Washington Redskins and current New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, is that the linebacker was one of just six freshmen named to Virginia Tech's 70-man travel roster following the close of training camp this week.

The only problem is that Monday, Virginia Tech Coach Frank Beamer intimated his chances of seeing the field have decreased because of a nagging hamstring injury he's been battling throughout fall camp.

As colleague Paul Tenorio wrote this past weekend, Williams would love to make his Hokies debut next Monday night at Fedex Field, where he spent many Sundays as a ball boy during his father's tenure as defensive coordinator in Washington.

After graduating early from Loundoun County High, Williams an All-Met in 2009 drew the praise of Virginia Tech's coaches at spring practices. It seemed he was in prime position to claim a back-up linebacker spot as a true freshman.

But Beamer said Monday the hamstring injury has affected his performance in fall camp and the coaching staff wants to take a more cautious approach to ensure they maximize his potential.

"If we play him, we want to play him a lot," Beamer said during his weekly teleconference. "So we’re gonna go here a while longer and make sure he’s gonna play a lot if we’re gonna use a year of eligibility on him."

Like Williams, two other true freshmen to make the travel roster also have strong football lineage. Defensive lineman Derrick Hopkins, younger brother of redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Antoine Hopkins, has been impressive during his first fall camp and will be a part of the defensive line rotation next Monday.

Meanwhile, freshman cornerback Kyle Fuller has endeared himself to Beamer with some strong special teams play. He'll also provide depth in the secondary. Fuller is the younger brother of junior WR Corey Fuller and former Hokies and current Tennessee Titans defensive back Vincent Fuller.

By Mark Giannotto  |  August 31, 2010; 9:55 AM ET
 
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