Two Virginia Tech football players underwent MRIs on Tuesday night, and the
results were not good. Whip linebacker Lorenzo Williams will miss the 2010
season with a Lisfranc sprain, and wide receiver Xavier Boyce will miss 4-6
weeks with a sprained MCL.
Williams is a r-sophomore whip linebacker who was currently #3 on the depth
chart. He was expected to contribute heavily on special teams this year.
Williams had a knee injury as a true freshman in 2008 that forced him to miss
half the season, and then he took a redshirt in 2009. In 2008, he was one of
Tech’s better special teams performers.
Xavier Boyce, another r-sophomore, started the first three games of the 2009
season at split end. For the year, he caught eight passes for 88 yards and a
touchdown. He was behind Jarrett Boykin on the depth chart before being injured,
and he was also a starter on Frank Beamer’s Pride and Joy team.
With Williams out, that leaves r-sophomore Alonzo Tweedy and r-senior Zach
Luckett as the backup whips behind starting r-sophomore Jeron Gouveia-Winslow.
Tweedy has missed the majority of camp with a groin injury, but he’s back at
practice now. Luckett is coming off major knee surgery and is not 100%. The whip
spot is Tech’s most depleted unit right now.
At wide receiver, true sophomore D.J. Coles will get more reps at the split
end spot, and he’ll become Jarrett Boykin’s primary backup.
GameDay Coming to Blacksburg for College Hoops
ESPN College GameDay Driven by State Farm will visit Virginia Tech on
Saturday, February 26, 2011 for the Hokies’ huge basketball game with the Duke
Blue Devils. The Tech-Duke game will tip-off at 9pm that night, and GameDay
will have a show from Cassell Coliseum at 10am and 8pm.
GameDay is hosted by Reece Davis, and it features analysis from Hubert
Davis, Bobby Knight, Digger Phelps and Jay Bilas. The shows travels to eight
different locations each season, and this year Virginia Tech was the only ACC
school selected to host GameDay.
Virginia Tech went 25-9 last season, including a 17-2 record in Cassell
Coliseum. They return their top 10 scorers from a year ago, and many preseason
polls have the Hokies at #2 in the ACC behind defending National Champion Duke.
The Tech-Duke game on February 26 is expected to be one of the biggest ACC games
of the season.