Hokies Tailback Preview

David PhillipsAnalyst IFebruary 17, 2009

The Virgina Tech Hokies start their national title hopes in the 2009 season, which kicks off in the Georgia Dome against SEC powerhouse Alabama.

There will be four tailbacks on the roster and Tech is in great need of a powerful running game this season after a lackluster performance by tailbacks in 2008.

The Hokies will have 2007 standout (when Ore was injured) No. 20 senior Kenny Lewis Jr. He is in desperate need of playing time if he wishes to pursue a career in the NFL.

Lewis suffered a torn labrum in his left shoulder during a practice in 2008, signaling a four-to-six month rehab after surgery. He returned to the team with little playing time in '08, playing only six games with 64 attempts for 237 yards and three touchdowns.

Lewis is projected as No. 3 on the depth chart .

Next is No. 32 Darren Evans, a red-shirt tail back from Indianapolis. Evans impressed Frank Beamer and the coaching staff in spring workouts in 2008 and was named starter after Lewis was injured during offseason workouts.

Last year he played in 14 games rushing for 287 carries for 1,265 yards with 11 touchdowns and was named MVP of the Orange Bowl. Evans was also a freshman All American last season and is the projected starter for our Virgina Tech Hokies.

Standout red-shirt freshman tailback No. 34 Ryan Williams is being billed as the next big deal. He redshirted his first season to get more practice time.

Williams was a four-year starter at Stonewall Jackson High and rushed for over 3,000 yards in his career. Williams had no stats as he sat out all games in 08. He is projected at No. 2 on the depth chart

Last but not least is 5'11" tailback David Wilson from George Washington High School in Danville, VA. Wilson will be a freshman and will likely red-shirt to save a year of eligibility.

After committing to the Hokies on July 18th 2008, he set two school records for yards in a season with 2,291 and most touchdowns with 35. Wilson also rushed for two 300 yard games and he was recruited by offensive coordinator Bryan Stinespring.

He is projected to red-shirt and sit out all games or be fourth on the depth chart.

I may have missed some that are not listed as tailbacks on Hokiessports.com. Let me know if I have with a comment. Hokies need a strong season out of their running crew.

Hokies will also have starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor who is always a dangerous scrambler that could be a big help in bringing the option back to the Blacksburg.

I'm ready to get the season goin'! Lets Go!! Hokies!!