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With 36 days left until Virginia Tech takes the field against Appalachian State, we turn our attention to number 36 on the roster, Mr. Chase Williams. Despite being a true freshman, Williams impressed the coaches enough to burn a redshirt and play last season. Then he got injured and Williams found himself sitting out the 2010 season. Still, Williams is certainly a player to watch out for this fall if he can keep himself healthy.
Weight: 223 lbs
High School: Loudoun County High School
How Did He Get Here
Despite being highly thought of by the Virginia Tech coaching staff, Williams was not the most highly touted kid. He did boast offers from Miami, West Virginia, and a few other smaller schools but the Hokies were clearly his best option if he wanted to stay close to home. Williams was a 1st team All-State member during his senior season when he racked up 173 tackles, 24 tackles for loss, and 11 sacks at LCHS.
Williams enters this fall third on the depth chart at Backer but he’s developing into the type of player that could play either inside linebacker position. Still, with so much depth at both positions, it may be another year before Williams sees the field in any meaningful role. As it stands, Tariq Edwards and Telvion Clark are listed as 1.a. and 1.b. at Backer with Williams behind them. He’ll have a chance to disrupt that this fall but judging by all three players performances this spring, that will be a tough task for Chase to tackle.
Despite his current predicament, Williams will eventually be a starter here at Virginia Tech and could develop into a great linebacker before his time here is up. Right now, his quickest path to becoming a starter will come at MIKE since Bruce Taylor has just two years left and Barquell Rivers will graduate after this season. If Williams moves to MIKE full time next season, he could easily serve as the backup in 2012 and become the starter in 2013.
Intercepting a pass in the fourth spring scrimmage.
Working his way up to being a backup at Backer last fall then pulling his hamstring, which caused him to redshirt.
Completely made up fact
Despite being hampered by a hamstring injury, Williams actually missed this past spring game due to a bad case of Nintendo tendonitis. It's caused by playing Maro Cart for six straight hours. Don't ask how I know that.
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