Tag:Tyrod Taylor
Posted on: August 12, 2009 12:59 pm

Huge Loss for the Hokies

RB Darren Evans was asked yesterday what his status was, he responded "I have a strained knee".  The team doctors disagreed saying it was sprain.  Last night it came out that it was neither.  Instead, Evans has a torn ACL and will miss the season.  Evans set many freshman records last season during his 1,265 rushing season.  He also added 11 touchdowns.  His best performance came against Maryland when he went off for 253 yards and was virtually unstoppable. 

"Darren Evans suffered a left knee ACL tear this afternoon," head athletic trainer Mike Goforth said in a prepared statement. "He was evaluated by Dr. Marc Siegel and Dr. Gunnar Brolinson and received an MRI at Montgomery Regional Hospital that showed the ACL tear. He will be re-evaluated later this week to see when the ACL reconstruction surgery will take place. 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."

To take his place will be highly touted redshirt freshman Ryan Williams.  He was the #4 running back in the 2008 class.  He sat for a year and watched Evans take the place of injured starter Kenny Lewis Jr. and now it's his turn to take over for Evans.  True Freshman David Wilson, another highly touted running back, will also see a major workload this year.  Wilson was the #5 running back in the 2009 class and was tabbed as one of the most "college ready" backs in the '09 class.  Lewis will be recovering from a torn achilles, but could be a contributor behind Williams and Wilson.  Redshirt Sophomore Josh Ogeslby will also see some carries this year. 

This is an absolutely huge loss for the Hokies, Evans was up for the Doak Walker Award for the Top Running Back in the Country.  The loss puts a lot more emphasis on QB Tyrod Taylor on offense.  Taylor will have to do more through the air, but as the second leading rusher last year he will also have to do more on the ground. 

Posted on: August 8, 2009 4:29 pm

Early ACC Thoughts

With Virginia Tech not releasing a summer depth chart (yet), the wait is on.  Other sites have "predicted depth charts" but seeing as how they have conflicts with actual depth charts, I'll wait until it's official.

For Starters, let's look at the local players on the All-ACC Preseason Team.

    * TE Greg Boone, Virginia Tech - One of the top returning TE's in the country.  HS QB who will see time in a modified wildcat formation.
    * OG Sergio Render, Virginia Tech - Was 2nd team All-ACC last season. 40 career starts headed into his senior season.
    * DE Jason Worlids, Virginia Tech - Top returning sack leader from last season.
    * LB Alex Wujciak, Maryland - ACC's second leading tackler last season.
    * CB Ras-I Dowling, Virginia - One of the best players in the country at CB, needs to turn pass breakups into picks.
    * S Kam Chancellor, Virginia Tech - Feared safety, can play in the box (2 Forced Fumbels) or out (2 INT's).
    * P Travis Baltz, Maryland - Led ACC in Punting Average, one of the top punters in the country.
Local Players up for Post-season Awards:

Davey O'Brien Award (Nation's Top Quarterback)
    * Tyrod Taylor, Virginia Tech

Doak Walker Award (Nation's Top Running Back)
    * Darren Evans, Virginia Tech
    * Da'Rel Scott, Maryland

John Mackey Award (Nation's Top Tight End)
    * Greg Boone, Virginia Tech

Jim Thorpe Award (Nation's Top Defensive Back)
    * Kam Chancellor, Virginia Tech
    * Ras-I Dowling, Virginia
    * Stephen Virgil, Virginia Tech

Ray Guy Award (Nation's Top Punter)
    * Travis Baltz, Maryland

The Next Five National Awards will be announced this week.  I would expect Sergio Render to possibly be nominated for the Outland Trophy (Best Interior Lineman).  As for the Chuck Bednarik Award (Best Defensive Player) I think Alex Wujciak will be the lone local representive on the list.  The Maxwell Award (Best All-Around Player) might have Tyrod Taylor on the list. 

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