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.