Aug 30, 2014; Blacksburg, VA, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies defensive tackle Luther Maddy (92) tackles William & Mary Tribe quarterback Steve Cluley (16) during the third quarter at Lane Stadium. Maddy was called for a personal foul for ripping off Cluley
Earlier tonight, we found out that Virginia Tech defensive tackle Luther Maddy was not going to play against the Miami Hurricanes. Maddy was going to miss his fourth game but the first thought through the minds of most people was that the senior defensive tackle was going to be back for the Boston College game.
However, there was surprising news tonight that hurts this year a little but provides a big boost for next year’s team.
This is definitely something that no one saw coming but Maddy is done for the season and should be able to get a medical redshirt since he has not exceeded the four-game limit for one playing in four games along with the fact that Maddy has never used a redshirt. Right now, Nigel Williams will start in Maddy’s spot for the rest of the season and Williams has proven that he is a very good defensive tackle with 10 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, and 1.5 sacks.
The fact that Maddy has also decided to use the redshirt instead of going to the NFL is very exciting and means that the Hokies will only lose Chase Williams, Kyshoen Jarrett, and Detrick Bonner on defense.
The Hokies will now not be losing a single significant contributor on the defensive line unless Dadi Nicolas or Corey Marshall were to go to the NFL early. The Hokies have the potential to have one of the top two or three defensive lines in all of college football next season. On top of that, they will have an extremely talented defensive tackle group with Maddy and Corey Marshall as starters and Nigel Williams being the best backup defensive tackle in college football most likely in 2015.
The loss of Luther Maddy is disappointing for this season given his leadership and how he was one of the top 8 to 10 defensive tackles in the country entering the season but Maddy should be at least one of the top 8 to 10 defensive tackles next season. This hurts a little but Nigel Williams has gotten it done for Maddy and the fact that he is going to return next season is a huge boost.
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