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RB Ryan Williams listed as questionable vs. Wake Forest

After being ruled out with a right hamstring injury the past three games, running back Ryan Williams has been listed as questionable on Virginia Tech's injury report for Saturday's game against Wake Forest. If the redshirt sophomore does play, it would be his first appearance for the Hokies since a Sept. 18 win over East Carolina.

Without Williams, Virginia Tech has relied a two-headed attack featuring junior Darren Evans and sophomore David Wilson. Evans gained 160 yards and had a 54-yard touchdown run in a comeback victory over North Carolina State, while Wilson broke off a 67-yard touchdown in last week's win over Central Michigan.

Following the win over the Chippewas, Coach Frank Beamer said all three would split carries upon Williams's return to the lineup. Wilson also indicated this week that he expected to remain in the tailback equation.

"[Running backs] Coach [Billy] Hite talked about having a three-back system and that's why I didn't redshirt," Wilson said Tuesday. "I've showed that I can be effective on the field, hopefully, and when Ryan comes back he'll find a way to get all three of us the ball."

Call me skeptical, but Wilson was less than happy with his workload when Williams was in the lineup and he said as much following the loss against James Madison. The issue went on the back burner when Williams went down against the Pirates, but now that he appears close to returning, I wouldn't be so sure it doesn't cause some tension again.

When Wilson spoke with us Tuesday, I specifically asked if he worried at all about what might happen to his role when Williams returned. Here was his answer:

"The way we've been used now is the way I thought it would be with all three of us," Wilson said. "Me and Darren, we looked at the carries we had last week -- we each had seven carries -- and then I asked Ryan, 'What was the least amount of carries that he had last year?' He said, 'Fourteen against Alabama,' I think, and seven and seven, that's 14 with two running backs. I don't have no complaints. If we're winning and I'm having an effect in the game, [the coaches] put me in a position to make plays, then I don't worry about Ryan coming back or 'Will I stop playing?'"

As for the rest of the injury report, defensive end Chris Drager suffered a slight concussion in last week's game, but will play. And left guard Greg Nosal (nub) -- seriously that's verbatim how Virginia Tech listed him on the injury report -- will also play after having part of his pinkie finger torn off in last week's game.

By Mark Giannotto  | October 14, 2010; 5:24 PM ET
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David Wilson's comments come across as a bit arrogant and selfish. If we're winning and I'm having an effect in the game, [the coaches] put me in a position to makes play, then I don't worry about Ryan coming back or 'Will I stop playing?'"

The coaches HAVE given him the chance, and he had the one big run for a TD vs. CMU, a less than average team. DW still has a long way too go before he can get away with making the comments above. He needs to play a quality opponent and make an impact first....

Posted by: vtkix | October 14, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

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