Through nine games, the Virginia Tech Hokies and head coach Frank Beamer had lost two key running backs. Now, after an upset of the previously ranked Duke Blue Devils, the Hokies have lost three. The body count continues to rise for the Hokies and the most recent victim is the team’s leading rusher, Marshawn Williams. Williams suffered the injury during the team’s win and has been stellar all season for the Hokies. The true freshman carried the ball 124 times for 475 yards and four touchdowns.
Per the Hokies athletic department, Williams will “let the swelling in the knee subside,” before undergoing surgery in “a few weeks.”
Shai Mackenzie was the first to be forced out for the season after tearing his ACL in September followed shortly thereafter by Trey Edmunds, who broke his clavicle. Now, Williams will miss the rest of the season and most- if not all- of the team’s spring practices. Beamer will now turn to junior tailback J.C. Coleman when the team takes on the Wake Forest Demon Deacons.
The Hokies are hoping- on the strength of Coleman’s legs- to become bowl eligible for the 22nd consecutive season. Sitting at 5-5, a bowl game appears right in their line of sight and the team will have a chance against Wake Forest this Saturday, as well as a game against their in-state rival Virginia Cavaliers.
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