Darren Evans is out for the season after tearing the ACL in his left knee today in practice. Doctors confirm the tear and he will not be available until next season.
He is Virginia Tech's No.1 running back and the only back with extensive experience.
Tech was counting on Evans to take pressure off struggling QB Tyrod Taylor in the game against Alabama. This is sure to deal a severe blow to the Hokies.
Evans streaked through 1,265 yards last season and was the MVP in the big Orange Bowl win over Cincinnati.
Sophomore Josh Oglesby is currently listed as the backup running back on the depth chart. He rushed 38 times for 88 yards last season. They also have a heralded freshman that will now likely see game time.
Tech will now have to rely on this new group of relatively untested backs for help. They will have to grow up quick against Alabama and what could be the nation's best defensive line in their first game.
Tech was rated seventh in the early polls with Alabama coming in at fifth. Early lines started with Alabama being a four point favorite. That line is sure to change now.
Mercifully Va. Tech will still have several weeks to get the replacements prepared for combat and if anyone can get them up to speed it is Frank Beamer.
Va. Techsports information office confirmed the news tonight.
"He will be re-evaluated later this week to see when the ACL reconstruction surgery will take place," said Hokies head athletic trainer Mike Goforth. "Our hope is to be able to repair the knee prior to classes starting so that he can get started on his rehab and continue his course work."
"Obviously we are all saddened by the results of his MRI, but we all know what type of young man Darren is and we have no doubt that he will come back stronger than ever," added Goforth.