Virginia Tech mike linebacker Andrew Motuapuaka will miss up to four weeks with an MCL sprain, according to a press release by Virginia Tech.
Motuapuaka started the first two games of the season, making eight tackles. He was injured in the third quarter of the Furman game. His backup, r-sophomore walkon Sean Huelskamp, is 207 pounds and coming off a torn ACL in the 2014 Ohio State game. He made two tackles in about one half of play against Furman.
Right now, Huelskamp’s backup is r-freshman walkon Trent Young (5-10, 212). He has played special teams in the first two games of his career. It remains to be seen whether or not Bud Foster will pull the redshirt on true freshman Carson Lydon, who is his only other scholarship mike after Motuapuaka. Either way, Foster’s options are limited.
The press release also included the following information on Marshawn Williams…
1: Originally had surgery on December 16, 2014.
2: His diagnosis was not only a torn ACL, but he also had several other structures damaged.
Expected his recovery time to be in the 8-12 months range.
3: To date, we are pleased with his progress and he continues to make strides in the criteria set forth by his surgeon and our sports medicine staff.
4: His last appointment was September 13.
5: Dr. McPherron was encouraged that Marshawn was in the last stages of his rehabilitation and that with continued work, he should be cleared within the next 30 days.
My gut feeling is that there’s a strong chance that Williams redshirts in 2015.