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Virginia Tech All-ACC lineman out 4-6 weeks

Posted on: August 2, 2011 1:29 pm
Edited on: August 2, 2011 1:31 pm
Posted by Chip Patterson

As defending ACC Champions, it was no surprise to see Virginia Tech pull in several preseason honors at the ACC Football Kickoff last week in Pinehurst. The Hokies were once again picked by the media to win the Coastal Division, and three players were selected to the preseason All-ACC team.

One of those players, senior tackle Blake DeChristopher, is now questionable for the start of the season after straining a pectoral muscle. According to the team's trainer, DeChristopher strained his left pectoral muscle and will be out 4-6 weeks recovering.

While the Hokies are flushed with returning talent on the offensive line, losing a player of DeChristopher's caliber is a huge blow to the unit. He has been a starter since arriving in Blacksburg, and never has the line more important than they will be protecting new starting quarterback Logan Thomas and clearing holes for junior running back David Wilson.

Either redshirt junior Michael Via or junior Vinston Painter is expected to take over DeChristopher's duties until his return.

Since: Oct 9, 2009
Posted on: August 3, 2011 9:10 am

Virginia Tech All-ACC lineman out 4-6 weeks

Actually, trainer said he will be out 2-4 weeks.  The doctor said 4-6.  In 2009 Sergio Render had the same injury during the season and missed no games.  I think BDC is on the same level as far as toughness and expect him to miss no time.  The issue is do they take extra care of him early against the OOC schedule and have him fully ready to go by the time the ACC schedule starts??

Since: Jun 8, 2011
Posted on: August 2, 2011 7:16 pm

Virginia Tech All-ACC lineman out 4-6 weeks

At least BD should be healthy for the meat of the conference schedule.  Fortunately, Tech has a fairly light OOC schedule which should give time for Via and/or Painter to gain some valuable experience early.  I am sure this will be a minor bump in the road, and still predict Tech to go undefeated this season.

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