Sorry for the hiatus ladies and gents, the computer was in the shop. But we are up and running again, and we’re bringing you some injury updates for the Virginia Tech football team as they move towards their Labor Day matchup against Georgia Tech.
We have two notes along the offensive line. First, reserve lineman Nick Acree tore his ACL and will miss the rest of the season. The usual recovery time for an ACL tear is roughly eight months. This is awful news for a kid that seemed to finally find his place along the offensive line after moving around multiple times. We certainly wish Acree a speedy recovery.
Secondly, David Wang appears to be fine after sustaining an ankle injury a couple days ago. Head trainer Mike Goforth doesn’t think the injury is as serious as they originally thought it might be. Serious or not, Wang’s injury makes him the fourth lineman that has been injured in just over a week of practice. If this team is going to succeed this season, that group has to maintain good health moving forward.
In the linebacking group, Tariq Edwards did go ahead and have a screw removed from his leg. Trainers thought the screw might be causing a plateau in Edwards’ recovery, which he described as stuck at 85 percent. Trainers expect him to recover from this procedure within potentially as much as two weeks. As of right now, linebacker Bruce Taylor is currently working out and training at the backer position, the position that Edwards usually starts. Jack Tyler is looking like he will be the probable starter at Mike linebacker, Taylor’s usual position.
Lastly, despite our post examining the wide receiver battle should D.J. Coles not be able to go against Georgia Tech, it’s looking like Coles might be good to go after all. Trainers have said that Coles has made great strides in terms of his health lately and is running routes again. What we have learned in the meantime is that wideouts Kevin Asante and Josh Stanford have proven their worth during summer practices. Both players appear to be in a position to fight for starting time as the fourth receiver on Tech’s roster.