Nov 15, 2014; Durham, NC, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies running back Marshawn Williams (42) runs with the ball against the Duke Blue Devils at Wallace Wade Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Dolejs-USA TODAY Sports
The Virginia Tech Hokies have faced tons of issues at running back which started during their win over Western Michigan when Shai McKenzie tore his ACL. On top of that, Trey Edmunds has been out since the Hokies’ game against North Carolina with a broken clavicle while Marshawn Williams has missed a couple of games during that time period.
The Hokies picked up a great win at Duke this past Saturday but they suffered a big loss to their running back corps once again.
First, we would like to wish Marshawn Williams a speedy and full recovery from this injury.
This torn ACL will mean that Williams is not only out for the rest of the season but will also miss Spring Practice. Williams joins McKenzie with torn ACLs in what has been a nightmare of a season for the health of Virginia Tech running backs.
Williams has been Virginia Tech’s best running back this season with 124 carries for 475 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns in his true freshman season. The loss of Williams hurts in the short term despite how productive J.C. Coleman was against Duke.
The Hokies could get a big boost in the backfield if Trey Edmunds is healthy and able to return this week or next. Edmunds will likely not play much against Wake Forest as he is still recovering from his injury but could be the starting running back against Virginia depending on how things go the next two weeks. Edmunds also will likely be the top healthy running back this spring unless he were to pick up another injury.
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Despite this injury, expectations should be that Williams will be ready to go for fall practice and has the potential to be better next season though that depends somewhat on the offensive line. Williams will likely battle McKenzie and Edmunds for the starting spot which should be interesting given the talent of those three backs.
This injury hurts the Hokies right now but Virginia Tech’s backfield should be strong next season with Marshawn Williams, Shai McKenzie, and Trey Edmunds all healthy.