Practice Report: Minor Injuries Hurting Depth

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Virginia Tech has been practicing since Friday, and while they’ve only spent
one day in full pads, there is still news to report. The Hokies have some minor
injuries at a few positions, but for the most part things are going smoothly.

The following players have missed all or part of the preseason thus far due
to minor injuries: Dyrell Roberts, Nick Becton, Michael Via, James Gayle, Alonzo
Tweedy, Jayron Hosley and Lorenzo Williams. That might sound bad, but all of
those guys are expected to be fine.

Some preseasons go smoothly with injuries, and others don’t. For example,
Florida State lost two players on Tuesday to non-contact torn ACL’s. The Hokies
have some pulled hammies and turf toes, but overall they are in good health.
Knock on wood.

Injuries at Whip Leave Hokies Shorthanded

Right now, Virginia Tech is practicing with just two scholarship whip
linebackers: starter Jeron Gouveia-Winslow and fourth stringer Zach Luckett.
Considering that Luckett had major reconstructive knee surgery at the end of
last season, and that he’s only about 75% right now (according to what he told
Kyle Tucker of the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot), that’s a cause for concern.

Alonzo Tweedy, a r-sophomore, was expected to press Gouveia-Winslow for the
starting position. The two players came out of spring practice nearly tied for
the top spot on the depth chart. However, Tweedy has missed every practice thus
far due to a groin injury. He’s still a very young player who has never played a
single down on defense in a college game. He needs all the work he can get, so
it’s important that the Hokies get him back soon.

Lorenzo Williams, another r-sophomore, is Tech’s third string whip. He’s also
missed all of the preseason with a calf injury. Williams wasn’t expected to get
any playing time on defense this year, but he’s a solid #3 guy on the depth
chart and could be a special teams standout. His absence means that Zach Luckett,...