Saturday morning, the Virginia Tech football team had a practice to get ready for the Military Bowl on Dec. 27 against Tulane University in Annapolis, Maryland. At practice, second-year head coach Brent Pry gave an update on some injured players and their status for the game and all the news was not promising.
Pry said that a pair of his safeties, Nasir Peoples (who played the NC State and Virginia games with a broken thumb and had ACL surgery recently) and Jalen Stroman both had surgeries and will not play against the Green Wave. Also back at practice was transfer wide receiver Ali Jennings, who was injured in the first quarter of the second game of the season at home against Purdue and has not played since. He was one of four wide receivers who earlier this week announced that they'll be returning to Blacksburg in 2024.
Virginia Tech will be shorthanded because of injuries against Tulane
With Peoples and Stroman already ruled out by Pry, the Hokies will be shorthanded in the secondary, however, if you have followed along all season, injuries is something that Virgiinia Tech has been dealing with since the end of training camp.
Tight end Nick Gallo was lost to a season-ending injury before the season even started, then starting quarterback Grant Wells went down in Week 2 along with Jennings, and things knid of snowballed from there.
Not rushing Jennings back to play against Tulane of the right decision. In the only game he played this season against his former team, Old Dominion, he had two touchdown catches and looked good, It makes you wonder how the Hokies season would have gone if he was healthy all season long.
Of course, winning the bowl game would be great, but the practices that Virginia Tech is having ahead of the game are more important. The younger guys who are expected to make an impact next season and are getting extra reps in practice and maybe even in the game are invaluable.