Posted by Chip Patterson
Georgia Tech wasn't the only team to lose a player for the season in Thursday night's Coastal Division battle in Blacksburg. Virginia Tech wide receiver/kick returner Dyrell Roberts suffered a bruised thigh on the first kickoff return in the 28-21 victory over the Yellow Jackets. Roberts returned to the game briefly, but missed most of the second half. On Friday morning Roberts underwent emergency surgery after developing a compartment syndrome in his left thigh, according to head athletic trainer Mike Goforth. He is expected to miss the rest of the regular season in recovery, but Goforth did not rule out a return for the Hokies bowl game.
I had to google "compartment syndrome" myself, and it looks incredibly painful. Roberts' injury is certainly not good news for a Hokies offense that has dealt with health issues all year, but what if he had been healthy and David Wilson had not gotten to return the last Georgia Tech kickoff. Would Roberts have also run the kick back for the winning touchdown? Roberts has 21 catches for 303 yards and two touchdowns on the season, and is averaging 19.4 yards per return in the kicking game. Virginia Tech, now 5-0 in the conference, have created a healthy amount of space from the rest of the division and are a few games away from securing their spot in the ACC Championship Game.