Young Players Stand Out in Opening Scrimmage

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Virginia Tech held the first of three open scrimmages on Saturday afternoon. There were several standouts on each side of the ball, and one young player continued right where he left off during the spring.

With Darren Evans down with a torn ACL, there is an open competition for Tech’s starting tailback job. Ryan Williams appeared to have the upper hand in Saturday’s scrimmage. He continues to make big plays with the ball in his hands. He has a low center of gravity, and he is hard to tackle.

Williams also looks like he’ll be Tech’s punt returner this year. He returned a punt approximately 80 yards for a touchdown early in the scrimmage.

David Wilson only got two carries during the scrimmage. He sprained his left shoulder and spent the rest of the scrimmage standing next to Billy Hite, soaking up the knowledge he’ll need to earn more playing time.

Wilson was injured on a big collision with whip linebacker Cody Grimm. Grimm delivered the biggest hit of the scrimmage, but Wilson bounced off of him and stayed on his feet, and was then hit by Grimm a second time. On his next carry, Wilson was swallowed in the backfield by Cordarrow Thompson, who blew up Richard Graham on the play.

Wilson may be known for his speed, but he does not shy away from contact. He is a very strong runner. A typical true freshman would have been de-cleated by such a big hit from Grimm, but Wilson bounced off and kept on going. Typical true freshmen also don’t stand with their position coach during a scrimmage either. Wilson was paying particular attention to blocking assignments. He might not be there quite yet, but with his kind of natural ability and work ethic, it’s not going to take him long. He’ll see major action at some point before the season is over.

Josh Oglesby and Ryan Williams split carries with the #1 offense, but Oglesby didn’t do anything to distinguish himself. He played fine, but he didn’t show the big play ability that Williams brought to the field. Billy Hite told Kyle Tucker of the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot following the scrimmage