There's been chatter in the local barbershops, high schools and even grocery stores for the last two weeks as to when George Washington tailback and North Carolina recruit Ryan Switzer would return to the field.
On Friday, he did, and he didn't disappoint.
Switzer ripped off touchdown runs of 60 and 56 yards on just his second and third carries of the night en route to 233 yards on 10 carries with three touchdowns as GW routed St. Albans 68-23 at Crawford Field.
Friday night's game was Switzer's first game back since suffering a concussion in the first quarter of the season opener against South Charleston. Switzer sat out last week's 21-14 loss to Ashland (Ky.) Paul Blazer.
"It was awesome," Switzer said of his first game action in two weeks. "I really can't put it into words. I had those first-game jitters. I'm just really blessed that I got a second chance to play.
"I felt really good. My legs were fine because I still conditioned [during practice]."
His first-half numbers supported his claim that he felt good.
On GW's third possession of the game, Switzer was stopped for a loss of 6 yards on his first run. On the next play, Switzer broke free for a 76-yard touchdown as he outran SA defenders and cut across field on the only defender who had a chance. The touchdown was his third of the game and first quarter.
At the half, Switzer had 220 yards on nine carries. Switzer just carried the ball once for 13 yards in the third quarter.
"It felt good to have him back," said GW coach Steve Edwards Jr. "He came out unscathed. He played hard and showed a sign of being healthy again. That's what we are looking for. The team rallied around it. I thought all our guys played pretty good tonight."
"With him [Switzer] back, it makes people have to guard the whole field on us. That's what great players do and we have a lot of great players around him. That brings out the best in everyone."