Virginia Tech true freshman free safety Lorenzo Williams tore the ACL in his right knee during Wednesday’s practice, and will miss the remainder of the season. The loss of Williams costs the Hokies a valuable special teams performer, and leaves Virginia Tech critically short of safeties.
Since Williams has played in every game thus far, he won’t be eligible for a medical red shirt.
With Williams out, walk-on r-junior Matt Reidy will be the top backup at both free safety and rover. There are no other healthy players on the depth chart behind starters Kam Chancellor and Dorian Porch.
Davon Morgan was the starting rover, but he tore his ACL against Nebraska. Porch, who had been backing up at both free safety and rover, slid into the starting lineup. Lorenzo Williams became the top backup at free safety at that time.
Although Williams wasn’t in the playing rotation on defense, his loss is potentially critical. If either Kam Chancellor or Dorian Porch goes down with an injury, the defense would suffer quite a blow.