Nov 30, 2013; Charlottesville, VA, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies running back Trey Edmunds (14) carries the ball past Virginia Cavaliers cornerback Maurice Canady (26) to score a touchdown in the second quarter at Scott Stadium. The Hokies won 16-6. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Virginia Tech Spring Football 2014: Marshawn Williams's Strong Spring

Marshawn Williams was one of the four Virginia Tech Class of 2014 commits to enroll early and Williams has taken advantage of Spring Practice to try to earn some playing time next fall. Most of the talk about the incoming Class of 2014 of running backs was centered around Shai McKenzie and deservedly so as McKenzie showed four-star talent. However, Marshawn Williams is no longer flying under the radar.

Marshawn Williams hasn’t put up incredible numbers but he has been solid so far and that showed in the second spring scrimmage when Williams actually got some decent playing time. Marshawn Williams ended up with 13 carries for 66 rushing yards which is an average of just over 5 yards per carry and is quite a good sign. However, the bigger sign that Williams is having a strong spring is this quote from Frank Beamer that came from insider Jimmy Robertson.

“He plants that foot and goes,” Beamer said. “That zone read play is very natural to him. He feels an opening and hits it. You don’t teach that a lot. I was impressed with him.”

This quote just shows the impression that Marshawn Williams is making on the Virginia Tech coaching staff including Frank Beamer. Williams was not expected to really get too much playing time early on but it seems like Williams already has a strong understanding of the Virginia Tech running game.

Williams has a lot of potential and it will be interesting to see if he can continue his strong spring and possibly get himself in the hunt to potentially be the starting running back in the fall. Of course, Trey Edmunds absolutely should keep his job as long as he is fully healthy but if Edmunds struggles a lot coming off of this injury, Williams might just take his starting job.

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