Tuesday, August 11

Hokies Lose Darren Evans For Season

Sometimes life isn't fair.

The Hokies starting running back Darren Evans was helped off the field for the 2nd time this preseason on Tuesday.

“He was running a route, planted, and just went down," said Billy Hite who had tears in his eyes after practice.

"The boy’s put so much into it. It just doesn’t make any sense. It’s not fair. It is part of the game. I told him that. We’re going to fight our ass off and he’s going to be back out there next year.”

Running Back's coach Billy Hite has every reason to take this injury hard as he lost his starting tail back last season, Kenny Lewis, to a blown Achilles.

"The last two years: For Kenny Lewis to go down the way he did, and now Darren Evans, it’s a damn shame. Two great kids. You can’t find two better kids. This game is crazy sometimes. I’ll never be able to figure it out.”

Darren will have surgery within the next few days to repair the muscle and spend the next 4 months rehabbing the knee.

With Evans now out, Sophomore Josh Oglesby, and Freshmen Ryan Williams and David Wilson will handle the ground attack for the Hokies this season.

(Thanks to Kyle Tucker of the VA Pilot for the Quotes)

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