The Boston College defense received a bit of good news Thursday afternoon: Virginia Tech running back Ryan Williams will not be playing in Saturday's game, according to Jimmy Robertson of Inside Hokie Sports.
Williams injured his hamstring in last week's game with ECU.
This means that the Hokies will now rely on junior Darren Evans and sophomore David Wilson to run the ball.
Evans returned this season after missing all of 2009 with a torn ACL. He's lost two fumbles in his last two games, but appears close to regaining his form from 2008 when he set the ACC freshman rushing record. That record was subsequently broken by Williams in 2009.
Wilson has been the Hokies' most explosive back through the team's first three games. He has 114 yards on 16 carries this season (7.1 ypc). I believe Wilson be the key to the Hokies' success against BC Saturday. The Eagles are tough up the middle, but I think there are yards to be gained outside the tackles. Hopefully Wilson's speed will help the Hokies get some much-needed yards on the ground.