Virginia Tech Football

Virginia Tech's Ryan Williams for Heisman

ATLANTA - SEPTEMBER 05:  Ryan Williams #34 of the Virginia Tech Hokies against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at Georgia Dome on September 5, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Justin CocchiolaCorrespondent IOctober 11, 2009

Virginia Tech fans can't stop talking about Ryan Williams for Heisman.  The freshman running back has taken the ACC by storm, and after Saturday's performance against Boston College he's made everyone in the Hokie Nation a believer.

"He's the greatest running back I've ever seen," said a fan in the East Stands of Lane Stadium during Saturday's game.  Williams ran for 159 yards on 18 carries and a score, which now makes him the nation's fifth-leading rusher, and he's tied for fourth in touchdowns.

After Williams made three Eagles defenders miss on his way to the one-yard line, the student section was electric.  Many students were doing Heisman poses in the stands every time Williams finished a run.

And when he scores, there's always an extra burst in the cheers from the fans in the stands.  Hokie fans can not get enough of their new star.

The most impressive part about yesterday is that Williams was in for only one drive in the third quarter, and split a lot of carries in the first half because the Hokies were moving the ball so effectively.

"He's better than Kevin Jones," shouted another fan after Williams bounced off a group of tacklers, much like Adrian Peterson does, and reversed his route to break a 20-plus yard run.

Whatever adjective you want to use to describe Williams (breathtaking, stunning, powerful, elusive) one thing's for sure.  If he keeps this pace up, the Heisman Trophy may actually be possible.

Before Saturday's game, Williams responded to a question about his Heisman candidacy in Virginia Tech's weekly press conference.  “Yeah, there has been talk, but I don’t really pay any attention to it,” Williams said.

That's exact response you would want to hear from one of your players.  Williams is beginning to receive some attention, and a sports writer gave him a Heisman vote last week after the Duke game.

A freshman has never won the Heisman, but then again you rarely see a freshman like Ryan Williams.

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