Posted by Chip Patterson
Virginia Tech has been dealing with injuries all season on both sides of the ball. Yet somehow, they have been able to step up and keep it from hindering the team on their current 11-game winning streak. That kind of support and adjustment will be needed once again, with reports that the Hokies will likely have to face the fifth-ranked Stanford Cardinal without starting linebacker Lyndell Gibson.
Gibson left the ACC Championship Game with what was initially diagnosed as a "shoulder stinger." Head coach Frank Beamer complimented his linebacking corps after the game for their ability to step right in and contribute defensively. Unfortunately, tests later revealed that Gibson had broken his left shoulder blade, and will likely miss the Orange Bowl on January 3 in Miami.
If Gibson can't go against Andrew Luck and the Stanford offense, Beamer will likely turn to backup Tariq Edwards to once again replace him in the lineup. Edwards has seen his playing time increase over the season, and played the entire second half of the title game victory against Florida State on Saturday.