Nov 24, 2012; Blacksburg, VA, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies offensive tackle Vinston Painter (71) guard Brent Benedict (55) and center Caleb Farris (79) line up against Virginia Cavaliers defensive tackle Chris Brathwaite (56) at Lane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports Images
Brent Benedict hasn’t had a career in which he was a potential All-American or anything like that for the Hokies but he has been a solid player that Virginia Tech has been able to rely on as part of their offensive line rotation. Brent Benedict has played in 24 games in the past two seasons with 12 starts and he was looking like a guy who could once again be a starter potentially at right tackle. However, things have not gone so well as news broke today via 247 Sports’ JC Shurburtt reported some very sad news earlier this morning and here is the main quote from that article.
"The family of Virginia Tech offensive linemanBrent Benedict informed 247Sports this evening that the Hokies offensive lineman’s health has taken a turn for the worse and he’s likely going to miss the 2014 season."
If Brent Benedict is unable to play this season but wants to continue his career, he can apply for a medical redshirt from the NCAA that would grant him a sixth year of elligibility. However, the biggest question that Benedict will have to ask about his future in football is whether he should keep on playing or end his career if he feels it is a risk to his health. For now, all we can do is pray for the recovery of Brent Benedict which hopefully will be quick and without any complications.
Update and Correction: Virginia Tech has said that Brent Benedict was not hospitalized and that the 247 Sports’ report is somewhat innaccurate. Also, Benedict does have a blood clot but it is in his leg and not in his heart or lungs as the 247 Sports’ report stated. The blood clots seem likely to have been caused by a left ankle injury and not a knee condition. No decision has been made on the future of Brent Benedict’s football career. All inaccurate information has been removed.