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.
This is absolutely huge for Va Tech. Evans led all freshman rushers last season with over 1,200 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns. The Orange Bowl MVP was a crucial piece to an offense that has to adjust to life without him quickly.
The Hokies will now need history to repeat itself. Ryan Williams will more carries than expected. Williams is a highly touted redshirt freshman.
Josh Oglesby will also be relied on heavily in the running game. Oglesby saw extremely limited action, only 38 touches, last season.
Now, with the running game in flux, it will be even more important for Tyrod Taylor to improve his passing skills. Taylor completed only 57 percent of him passes and threw seven picks. While he is dangerous with his legs, I wonder how much Taylor being the only offensive weapon will hurt VT.