Wyatt Teller has been moved to offensive tackle, and because of the rash of injuries and attrition up front, he’ll begin his career on the offensive line as Virginia Tech’s #2 left tackle.
As covered earlier this week, Adam Taraschke gave up football, and Jake Goins hung up his cleats because of injuries. Since then, Mark Shuman , Augie Conte and David Wang have been added to the injury list.
Mark Shuman (r-Jr.) tweeted that he was scheduled for an MRI today, and that he’s “hoping for the best”. Obviously that’s not a good sign for a guy who was competing for a starting job up front. The injury to Augie Conte (r-Fr.) isn’t known, but he’s listed on the injury list on BeamerBall.com. David Wang (r-Jr.) also rolled an ankle in practice this week, and though he’s not listed on the injury list, he’s also not a full-go for practice.
As a result, here’s how Tech’s two-deep on the offensive line looks…
LT: Jonathan McLaughlin (Fr.), Wyatt Teller (Fr.)
LG: Brent Benedict (r-Jr.), Ross Ward (r-So. walkon)
C: Caleb Farris (Jr.), Matt Arkema (r-Jr.)
RG: Andrew Miller (r-Sr.), Marcus Mapp (r-So. walkon)
RT: Laurence Gibson (r-Jr.), Parker Osterloh (Fr.)
Of Tech’s four healthy offensive tackles, three of them are true freshman, and one was a defensive tackle until today.
If you’re a TSL Pass subscriber, you know we’ve wanted to see Teller as an offensive lineman for quite awhile now. He has the size, feet, toughness and aggressiveness to excel at that position. I can see him as an offensive guard or tackle down the line, but for now he’s a tackle.
At tailback, J.C. Coleman (So.) sprained both of his ankles in Wednesday’s practice. As a result, Trey Edmunds (r-Fr.) sits along atop the depth chart. Tony Gregory (r-Sr.) is also injured, and Chris Mangus (r-Fr.) has been moved back to tailback just days after his move to wide receiver. Jerome Wright (Fr.) has also been moved to tailback.
Mangus is currently listed as Tech’s #2 tailback, with Joel Caleb (r-Fr.) at #3. That means Tech’s top three backs right now have never played in a college football game, along with much of their offensive line two-deep.
Naturally, almost all of Virginia Tech’s injuries are occurring on the offensive side of the ball, and exactly where they can’t afford injuries: offensive line and tailback.