Injury Bug Bites Tech’s Backfield

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The Virginia Tech football team has suffered several injuries in the last week, all of which have come in the offensive backfield. The top two tailbacks on the depth chart, Kenny Lewis and Jahre Cheeseman, are out for the rest of the spring. Quarterback Tyrod Taylor, in a battle with Sean Glennon, may also miss the remainder of the spring.

Kenny Lewis and Jahre Cheeseman were listed as co-starters on the latest depth chart. However, Lewis will now miss 4-6 months because of shoulder surgery. A nagging shoulder injury finally became too much for him, and the decision was made to fix it now. However, that 4-6 month timeline doesn’t bode well for his depth chart aspirations this fall.

Jahre Cheeseman broke his fibula in Saturday’s scrimmage in Lane Stadium and had surgery over the weekend. He was making a strong push for the starting tailback position, however the good news is that Cheeseman is only expected to miss 6-8 weeks. In that scenario, he would be back in plenty of time for the beginning of practice in August.

The loss of Cheeseman and Lewis hurts the depth at tailback for the rest of the spring. The Hokies have three tailbacks left, r-freshmen Darren Evans and Josh Oglesby, as well as walk-on senior Dustin Pickle. Evans and Ogles have never taken a snap in a college game.

Quarterback Tyrod Taylor missed the scrimmage on Saturday and has been in a walking boot with a mid-foot sprain. He might miss the remainder of spring practice as a precaution, but the injury itself isn’t viewed as a serious one. If that’s the case, then Sean Glennon will most likely quarterback both teams during Saturday’s Spring Game, in a non-contact yellow jersey.

Hokie, Former Hokie Compete at Masters

Current Tech golfer Drew Weaver and former Tech golfer Johnson Wagner competed in The Masters, beginning last Thursday.

Weaver qualified for the event by winning the British Am last year. However, after the first two rounds, he missed the cut. Weaver shot a 76 on the first day and an 80 on the second day, finishing at +12. He and his teammates at Virginia Tech will try to defend their ACC Championship this coming weekend.

Johnson Wagner made the cut, rallying nicely from a triple bogey on the second hole on the second day. In the end, he finished +7 through the four rounds, finishing in a tie for 36th.

Tincher Ties ACC Wins Record

Virginia Tech pitcher Angela Tincher beat Boston College on 3-0 on Sunday, earning the 108th victory of her prestigious career. That tied the record for wins previously set by Jessica Sallinger of Georgia Tech.

It was yet another dominating performance for arguably the most dominating athlete in Virginia Tech history. She struck out 14 batters, and allowed just one hit – an infield hit.

In the three game series with Boston College, Tincher struck out a total of 40 batters. She now has 1,886 career strikeouts. The Hokies won all three games, and currently are 32-12 overall and 12-2 in the ACC. They trail UNC in the ACC standings by just one game. The Hokies and Tar Heels will play a 3-game series in Blacksburg on April 26-27.

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