We have a nice little update today for you on an otherwise slow day news wise. John Iezzi dropped this beautiful little (and I mean little in terms of how long this tweet was) nugget of information on Twitter today about injured Virginia Tech wide receiver D.J. Coles, who has been trying to recover from a PCL injury suffered last season.
Here is what Iezzi had to say:
“Coles practicing full today”
–John Iezzi, Writer for VTScoop.com
That’s a pleasant surprise for Coles, who was expected to be out as long as another four months after off-season surgery. Virginia Tech has been actively looking for other wide receivers who could step in and play in place of Coles should he not be ready to go for the beginning of the season – Georgia Tech and beyond.
This story can be nothing but good news for the Hokies and Coles. If Coles is suddenly ahead of schedule, Virginia Tech won’t have to find a replacement for all of their top-three receivers from last season (Coale, Boykin, and Coles). Replacing Coale and Boykin will be hard enough, but if Coles can play sooner than expected, it would be a huge relief for the coaching staff.
During the period of uncertainty surrounding Coles’ health, Virginia Tech has done a pretty good job of finding some potential replacements to play in his place. Joshua Stanford has emerged as a potential candidate who could see the field, should Coles not be able to go. Other media members have also posited the potential for Coles to take a redshirt this season if it was thought that he would miss significant playing time. That might be off the table now, though.
We’re only 10 days away from kickoff, so we should know fairly soon what Coles’ official prognosis is for the Georgia Tech game. As always, we’ll keep you updated on any news that comes out.