BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Virginia Tech redshirt freshman Ryan Williams will start at tailback when the No. 7 Hokies play No. 5 Alabama.
Coach Frank Beamer announced the decision on Friday.
Earlier in the week Beamer had said he would not name his starter publicly and that the three tailbacks would play against the Crimson Tide on Saturday night.
The school also announced that fullback Kenny Jefferson was suspended Aug. 16 for violating team policy and will not play in Saturday night's game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.