The injury news coming out of Blacksburg tonight is bleak. There’s no way to dress this up, so let’s get right into it.
RB Tony Gregory (r-Sr.): Gregory has suffered yet another ACL tear, and his career is over.
Whip Ronny Vandyke (r-So.): His shoulder injury will require surgery, and he will miss the 2013 season. His backups at whip are walkons Josh Trimble (r-So.) and Derek DiNardo (r-Jr.). Kendall Fuller (Fr.) is expected to play this position in nickel situations.
OT Mark Shuman (r-Jr.): Shuman suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee. He will have surgery and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks. Tech’s other offensive tackles are Laurence Gibson (r-Jr.), Augie Conte (r-Fr.) Jonathan McLaughlin (Fr.), Wyatt Teller (Fr.) and Parker Osterloh (Fr.)
RB J.C. Coleman (So.): Coleman has a high ankle sprain in his left ankle, and a regular ankle sprain in his right. Trainer Mike Goforth thinks he can be back for Alabama, but realistically there’s no way he’ll be 100% for that game.
OT Augie Conte (r-Fr.): Conte has a left ankle sprain. He may or may not scrimmage on Saturday night. If not, the Hokies expect him back early next week.
We’ll have more tomorrow on the ramifications of these injuries.