As the Virginia Tech football team broke camp in late August, coach Brent Pry announced that tight end Nick Gallo suffered an injury. Leading into the season-opener against Old Dominion last Saturday at Lane Stadium, Pry listed him as questionable.
When the tight ends emerged from the tunnel for pregame warmups, Gallo was not there and did not play. It was thought that the senior captain would make a return at some point this season, but that is not going to happen.
Virginia Tech Brent Pry announced that Nick Gallo had season-ending surgery
At his weekly media availability Tuesday, Pry announced that Gallo underwent season-ending knee surgery, creating a huge void in the Hokies offense.
Against Old Dominion, tight ends Benji Hosnell (one reception for 23 yards) and Dae’Quan Wright (one reception for 14 yards) each had a reception against the Monarchs, and going forward, they are going to be a big part of the offense. Pry did say that they will have to develop another tight end with Zeke Wimbush and Cole Pickett being options.
Losing Gallo will affect the Hokies in multiple ways. Not only was he a safety option for quarterback Grant Wells, but he was also key in the blocking assignments for the running backs.
Last season, this woulsd have been the type of loss that Virginia Tech would not have been able to overcome, but this year it should be different. Gosnell and Wright are certainly going to need to step up and become an offensive threat for Wells and Kyron Drones, but adding three wide receivers, Ali Jennings, Jaylin Lane, and Da’Quan Felton in the transfer portal should help keep the offense balanced.
Yes, this is a tough loss for the season, but the good thing is this season Virginia Tech is built to survive it, unlike they would have been in 2022.