Graham set to step in for Hokies' DeChristopher

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Virginia Tech lost more than its game to East Carolina, it also lost its starting right tackle, Blake DeChristopher, for two to four weeks. Among his ailments are a bruised kidney, a pretty severely bruised right knee and right quad. The injuries were sustained on an interception play where head athletic trainer Mike Goforth said DeChristopher "was clipped by the East Carolina player."

Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer said DeChristopher is "feeling rough" and can't practice, but Richard Graham is ready to fill in. Graham started the first six games of 2007 at left guard.

"He doesn't feel well," Beamer said of DeChristopher. "We've got to get him feeling good again and the doctors will tell us when he can practice. It's kind of an unusual thing as far as I've been around, but he'll be back as quick as he can.

"Blake DeChristopher is such a tough kid and wants to play and wants to be good. I feel for him. An offensive line, that's where you need to work together and hang in there and know how that guy next to you is going to react. It's getting us out of smoothness there. I thought our offensive line made progress, and we have. We're getting better all the time, but it is what it is. Richard Graham is set to step in there. He's a fighter and a very smart guy."

Victor "Macho" Harris is doing more in practice and Goforth said he "looks promising for Saturday" but we'll know more after today's injury update.