Blocking key for Hokies' backs

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- When it comes to offensive success against Stanford's defense, Virginia Tech's running backs are prepared to do more than just run.

They want to give ACC Player of the Year Tyrod Taylor enough time to make something happen.

“When I watch film, I don’t really pay attention to [the whole defense]," said Hokies' running back Ryan Williams. "I treat every defense the same and my job really -- when I watch film -- is to protect Tyrod [Taylor] when it comes to blitzes and who I pick up and [which players that will be]. That’s the biggest thing, because I run the ball and every defense is going to play you differently depending on how you run the ball and things of that sort. But they are going to do their job in terms of defending the run, but my job is protect Tyrod and the running comes natural. That is just me using my vision, picking the holes and seeing where I can go.”

Running back Darren Evans compared Stanford's defense to Boise State's in that it is fundamentally sound, and praised the linebackers' ability to get to the ball.

“It can be tricky in the passing game, identifying the fronts," Evans said. "I might have to stay in more to protect Tyrod [Taylor] so he can have more time to throw."