Frustrated that he was red-shirted his freshman season, Ryan Williams understood what the coaches wanted him to do. He worked on his skills and has emerged as a phenomenal running back not just in the ACC, but in the entire nation.
When starting running back Darren Evans went down with a torn ACL in the preseason, many Virginia Tech fans were worried sick of who could step up. That question has been answered loud and clear.
Seven games into the season, Ryan Williams has stuffed the stat sheets, and has impressed everyone who has seen him play.
That's not hard to do when you average almost 120 yards a game rushing, with 10 touchdowns. He has scored in every game this season but one, and has ran for over 100 yards in five of the first seven games, breaking Darren Evan's freshman record of four.
He is also one of Tyrod Taylor's favorite targets, with over 150 yards receiving and a touchdown, he is a well-rounded offensive threat.
Ryan Williams has even caught his own amount of Heisman talk, talk he says he pays no attention too. Saying "I'm not chasing the Heisman, if anything, I'll let it chase me." He has shown himself to be a mature athlete, ready and willing to carry a young Virginia Tech football team.
With the depth at the tailback position in Blacksburg, someone had to separate himself from the pack to be the starter. I think Ryan Williams leaves no doubt that he wants that position, and deserves it.
Asked if he is shocked that he has had this much of an immediate effect, he has said "I knew I could help this team, I didn't expect to start this hot, but I knew I had what it took to help this team."
It is hard to find a running back who has all the aspects in one: speed, power, and agility.
Ryan Williams has shown that he can burn the defense with speed, shake a player out of his cleats, and break tackles. Not much to do to prepare for a guy like that.
Even in a game against Duke where they "stacked the box" with eight defenders to shut down the run, Ryan Williams still had over 80 yards rushing, how's that for a bad day?
In the week leading up to the Georgia Tech game, Williams suffered from the flu. He missed a couple days of practice, and receiving an IV several times during the week he was still able to have a 100-yard performance. Highlighted by his longest run of the season, a 66-yard touchdown dash.
The future is bright for Ryan Williams, and he is adding an element to the Virginia Tech offense that is has been missing, the game-changing player.