Posted by Tom Fornelli
Virginia Tech running back Ryan Williams had to watch the Hokies finish their first win of the 2010 season in street clothes and on crutches last Saturday after suffering a hamstring injury during the first half. Though Darren Evans and David Wilson did a nice job filling in for Williams, with Virginia Tech's ACC opener looming against Boston College this Saturday in Chestnut Hill, there are plenty of people wondering what the running back's status is for the game.
Well, don't ask Frank Beamer, because he isn't talking.
During his press conference on Monday Beamer said that Williams' status won't be known until the team's injury report is released on Thursday. He was then asked a follow-up question about whether Williams felt any better on Sunday and reiterated that his status won't be known until Thursday.
Which is coach speak for "Oh I know exactly what Ryan Williams' status is for this weekend's game, but I sure as heck aren't going to let Boston College know what it is any sooner than I have to." A strategy that I have no problem with a coach employing whenever he sees fit.
Personally I don't think Williams will play against Boston College, which could prove to be a big problem for a Virginia Tech team looking to erase the memory of a horrible start to the season with a strong ACC campaign. Boston College has given up less yards rushing than any other team in the ACC so far this season (54.0 yards per game), and Beamerball consists of ramming the ball down your throat and maybe blocking a punt or two in the process.
Without Williams, that becomes a bit tougher to accomplish.