Virginia Tech running back Marshawn Williams has been ruled out for tonight’s game against Pittsburgh due to a lingering ankle injury.
The Hokies’ leading rusher sprained his ankle during the Hokies’ 34-17 win over North Carolina on Oct. 4.
Head coach Frank Beamer was hoping the freshman would be ready to go after they had last weekend off, but they thought it would be best for the team and his health to sit him out.
Williams leads the team with 85 carries, 337 yards, and three touchdowns. His best performance came against Western Michigan, rushing for 119 yards on 14 carries in the 35-17 win.
The injury bug has not been kind to the Hokies this season, especially at running back. Virginia Tech has seen their top three running backs go down with injuries. Freshman Shai McKenzie’s season was lost due to an ACL tear and sophomore Trey Edmunds missed the first three games due to a broken clavicle.
Every game moving forward is important for the Hokies as they are chasing the ACC Coastal division crown and a birth in the ACC championship game.
Tech’s final six games are all against conference foes, starting with Pittsburgh tonight.
Kickoff will take place at 7:30 ET this evening on ESPN.
*Section Photo credit to Don Petersen, Associated Press; Featured Photo (above) credit Michael Shroyer, Getty Images