Justin Fuente revealed the injury statuses of a handful of players on Monday afternoon ahead of Tuesday’s first Spring Practice
Virginia Tech opens up their 2017 spring practices on Tuesday afternoon, and ahead of the start of the workouts for the Hokies, head coach Justin Fuente and his staff released the most updated football roster on Monday afternoon.
With the release of the roster came news of the injuries affecting the Hokies at the start of spring practice. The following players will not be participating in the workouts with the team over the next month:
- LB Sean Huelskamp
- WR C.J. Carroll
- DL Joe Koshuta
- DB Mook Reynolds
- CB Greg Stroman
- OT Parker Osterloh
- DB Sean Payne
- DE Vinny Mihota
All of these surgeries were routine off-season procedures, with no indication given by the team that these players would be out for an extended period of time that would stretch into the fall and affect their availability.
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Among a couple of names who were expected to land on this list, but instead will participate in practices this spring, are defensive end Trevon Hill and running back Deshawn McClease. Both players are rising redshirt-sophomores and both are projected to have major roles at their respective positions this fall.
Hill is the early favorite to replace the departed Ken Ekanem at the defensive end opposite of Vinny Mihota, while McClease will likely serve as a pass-catching scat back out of the backfield for the Hokies, which is a spot that never truly emerged in Brad Cornelson’s high-powered offense last season.
While both Hill and McClease will not be full participants in the practices, the news that they will unexpectedly be available, even in a limited capacity, is a good sign as they continue in their late stages of rehab.
Stay with Fighting Gobbler for the latest news all spring long as the Hokies kickoff their defense of their ACC Coastal Title.