BLACKSBURG - Virginia Tech freshman tailback Ryan Williams has been named a third-team All-American by Sporting News, as announced Tuesday morning. Williams, from Manassas, Va., is just the third Tech running back in school history to be named an All-American by one of the five nationally recognized squads, following Kevin Jones, who was a consensus All-American in 2003, and Lee Suggs, who was a third-team selection in 2000.
"It's just a blessing to receive an honor like this with the rest of the elite players in the nation," Williams said. "I just want to thank the whole team for making this whole experience possible for me."
Williams has run for a Tech and ACC freshman record 1,538 yards and needs 110 yards in the bowl game to break the school’s single-season mark set by Jones in 2003. He has 20 total touchdowns, 19 via rush and was named first-team All-ACC earlier this month. Williams has had a play of 40 yards or more in seven games, has 17 rushes of 20 yards or more, 25 rushes of 15 yards or more and 41 rushes of 10 yards or longer.
“I think this honor is truly deserving and Ryan had a great year,” said Tech associate head coach and running backs coach Billy Hite. “The things he did from game one to game 12 have been absolutely amazing. I think he became a complete football player. He was not only outstanding with the ball in his arm, but he ended up becoming a very good blocker. He also has very good hands and can catch the ball. The thing about him is he’s remained so humble through this and I’m so happy for him and this football team that he made All-America this year.”
Williams was one of three freshmen to make Sporting News’ All-America Team (out of six spots). Pitt’s Dion Lewis made the second team while Oregon’s LaMichael James made the third team with Williams.
The five nationally recognized All-America squads are the AP, Walter Camp, Sporting News, FWAA and AFCA.
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