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Williams named Virginia Tech's starting tailback

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Redshirt freshman Ryan Williams has earned the starting job at tailback for Saturday's season opener against Alabama in Atlanta, the school announced on Thursday.

Running backs coach Billy Hite added that all three tailbacks -- Williams, redshirt sophomore Josh Oglesby and true freshman David Wilson -- will play "early and often."

Coach Frank Beamer stated that redshirt senior fullback Kenny Jefferson would not play in the Alabama game after being suspended on Aug. 16 for a violation of team policy.

In making the announcement, Beamer said there would be no further comment on the situation.