Tag:Dyrell Roberts Injury
Posted on: September 19, 2011 11:47 am

VT WR Dyrell Roberts (arm) likely out for 2011

Posted by Chip Patterson

Virginia Tech's passing game took a hit on Saturday, with wide receiver Dyrell Roberts breaking his arm on the opening kickoff against Arkansas State. According to the school, Roberts underwent surgery on Sunday and is "probably out for the rest of the year."

The senior from Smithfield, VA caught three passes for 45 yards in the season opener against Appalachian State, and has seen the field as a third or fourth receiver every season since arriving in Blacksburg. While rarely being a first target for Hokie quarterbacks, Roberts provided experience and depth to the passing game, still working out the kinks with sophomore quarterback Logan Thomas.

At this point in the season, Roberts is still eligible to redshirt and preserve one more year of eligibility. The school made a note of it in their release, and it seems that is the plan of action moving forward.

The Hokies are undefeated, but their passing game currently ranks next-to-last in the ACC. Against Arkansas State Thomas made noticeable improvements with his reads and comfort distributing the ball, but there were still lapses in decision making - two of which resulted in interceptions.

The Hokies will travel west to face Marshall this weekend before kicking off their conference schedule. The Hokies have been criticized for a soft non-conference slate, but they will be forced to prove their worth early against Clemson, Miami, and at a high-octane Wake Forest team in the first three weeks of October.

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Posted on: November 5, 2010 3:59 pm
Edited on: November 5, 2010 4:04 pm

Virginia Tech loses WR for season after surgery

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.
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