Tailback Kenny Lewis Jr. has decided not to return to the football program, according to a release from the school. Lewis played in 27 games during his career, starting eight of them. He rushed for 657 yards on 175 carries and scored nine rushing touchdowns in his career. He also caught 11 passes for 57 yards and a score.
No reason was given for Lewis' decision, but it's obvious any running back not named Darren Evans or Ryan Williams will have a tough time getting on the field this fall. Lewis has shoulder surgery in spring of 2008, and he also tore his Achilles and was unable to participate in offseason workouts or 2009 spring practices. He took a medical redshirt during the fall and got his first contact this spring. He never completely regained his form, so his decision isn't a complete surprise. Still, this could affect David Wilson's redshirt decision, as Josh Oglesby moved to fullback, where he was listed as the co-starter after moving in the spring. Without Lewis, the Hokies' top options are Evans, Williams, Wilson, and redshirt freshman Tony Gregory.