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Hokies for Herzlich

10/9/2009



Posted by ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich

Last year, Boston College linebacker Mark Herzlich left a lasting impression on Virginia Tech running back Darren Evans. They are two stars for their respective teams who won’t be playing on Saturday when the Hokies host the Eagles.

Evans suffered a season-ending torn ACL in his left knee, and Herzlich was diagnosed in May with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare form of cancer.

But that doesn’t mean they won’t meet each other on the field again on Saturday.

Between the first and second quarters, Evans will present Herzlich with a check for $9,494.94 -- a total in honor of Herzlich’s No. 94 jersey raised by the players and their fans that will be donated to the Virginia Tech chapter of Uplifting Athletes to benefit research of Ewing’s Sarcoma.

“I know last year Darren talked about Mark,” said Virginia Tech running back Josh Oglesby. “He said, ‘Man, that’s the best linebacker I’ve played against.’ For both of those guys to sit out this season, it hurts the ACC, missing two of the best players. For Darren to present that check to him, I know it will mean a lot to Darren and Mark.”

For the past two weeks, the football program has been selling wristbands for $1. As a fellow linebacker, Cody Grimm said he was happy to be a part of the fund raising effort.

“He’s a heck of a player,” Grimm said. “It’s terrible what happened to him. We obviously wish we could be playing against him. He’s one of the scariest guys I’ve ever played against. The guy’s a monster. We’re happy we could help him out any way we can.”