When Massaponax (Fredericksburg, VA) senior and Virginia Tech recruit Vinny Mihota suffered a broken bone in his left foot during a win over Albemarle, the initial thinking was that he would return to action in two to four weeks. Five games later, the 6’4″, 250-pound defensive end prospect remains sidelined but is hopeful he will be able to return to the field before the regular season is over.
“It’s coming along but not where I’d like it to be at this point,” Mihota said of his injury. “It should be another week or two.”
There is not much Mihota can do to speed up the rehabilitation process. Rest is the primary course of action, and at night he treats the injury with a bone stimulator. The good news is that the Panthers are undefeated at 7-0 heading into this week’s matchup against Stafford.
“Things are going good for the team,” Mihota said. “We just beat one of the toughest opponents of the season. There are three more regular season games left. I hope to come back for at least one.”
One of the team’s leaders, Mihota is doing his best to help the team while sidelined by “being a motivator, coaching kids up wherever I can help. I also help the coaches on Friday night’s figure out what coverages the other team is running.”
Mihota’s focus right now is getting healthy and helping Massaponax make a run at a state championship, but his college career is creeping closer and closer. The 4-star prospect plans on graduating from high school in December and enrolling at Tech this coming January.
Asked what he is looking forward to most about enrolling at Tech in just about three months time, Mihota said: “There is too much to list. I can’t wait.”
Mihota has taken in at least one game in Lane Stadium this fall. He plans to return for the Duke game, and he may attend the Maryland game as well.
“Tech’s defense has been amazing,” Mihota noted. “I had the chance to go down for a game. It was a good atmosphere. Not much needs to be said about Bud Foster. Virginia Tech has one of the top defenses in the country.”
The Hokies graduate three defensive ends after this season, including starters J.R. Collins and James Gayle as well as reserve Tyrel Wilson. Five scholarship defensive ends are expected to return, plus Mihota, who will have a spring practice under his belt before his...
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