Football is a brutal sport. It’s taxing both mentally and physically. I can’t
think of anyone on the current team who has gone through more, mentally and
physically, than defensive tackle Kwamaine Battle.
By all accounts, Battle (pictured at right) is a really good guy. He
committed to the Hokies in the summer of 2006 when Tech offered him a
scholarship at one of their summer camps. He actually started one scrimmage as a
true freshman defensive tackle in 2007, but required two shoulder surgeries (one
on each shoulder), and took a redshirt that season.
One shoulder surgery is bad. I can’t even imagine what it is like to come
back from two. He was still recovering as a r-freshman in 2008, and only
appeared in six games. He was finally healthy in 2009, and played in 11 games.
In 2010, he was Virginia Tech’s best defensive tackle in the month of August,
but tore his ACL in the first quarter of the James Madison game.
Battle had to watch from the stands as the Hokies ran off 11 consecutive wins
to win the ACC. He was back for spring practice, where he was a bit out of
shape, but effective. He was locked in as Tech’s #3 defensive tackle this
season, but tore the same ACL in the first scrimmage of the month this past
In five years of playing football for the Hokies, he will have appeared in 19
games, starting just two. It’s a shame, because Battle, when healthy, is a very
effective defensive tackle. Unfortunately, he’s never really been healthy.
Battle will be eligible for a sixth year of eligibility, if he so chooses.
But after two shoulder surgeries, and two ACL surgeries, I think I would be
ready to just get on with my life.
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