Posted by Chip Patterson
Virginia Tech may have rejuvenated their hopes to defend their ACC title in a crucial 38-35 last-minute victory over Miami last Saturday. However, the Hokies defense took a couple of losses in the victory - with defensive end James Gayle and outside linebacker Jeron Gouveia-Winslow both leaving the game with injuries.
CBSSports.com's Sean Bielawski reports that Gouveia-Winslow suffered a Lisfranc sprain in his left foot and will undergo surgery next week. The starting linebacker is expected to miss the remainder of the season recovering. Gouveia-Winslow plays the WHIP linebacker position for the Hokies, and is expected to be replaced in the starting lineup by redshirt junior Alonzo Tweedy. Gayle's injury, not as severe, will apparently hold him back for at least for this week's game.
Gayle injured his ankle in first quarter against the Hurricanes, and defensive line coach Charley Wiles said earlier in the week the sophomore would need to practice this week in order to play against the Demon Deacons.
The school confirmed on Thursday that Gayle will not travel with the team to Winston-Salem this weekend. The Hampton, Va. native has had a breakout season so far on a injury-plagued Hokies defensive line. Gayle is tied for the team lead with 6.5 tackles for loss and has totaled 3.5 sacks in six games of action.
The injuries continue to mount up for Virginia Tech's defense, creating an uncharacteristic weakness in the front seven. As the high-scoring fourth quarter wound down against Miami, it was clear the lack of depth had become an issue for the Hokies. With Wake Forest running back Josh Harris looking to repeat his 241 yard performance from Blacksburg a year ago, defensive coordinator Bud Foster will be counting on the Hokies' underclassmen to rise to the occasion on Saturday.
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