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.