Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Hokies' D-line looking for help at tackle
By Heather Dinich
Virginia Tech is in a bit of a predicament on the defensive line heading into Saturday's game against Miami, as the Hokies are trying to figure out what their rotation will look like without injured starting tackle Antoine Hopkins. Coach Frank Beamer said Corey Marshall will start in place of Hopkins, but he'll get some help. Beamer just doesn't know from whom.
"That's a tough loss because he really could hold the fort in there," Beamer said of Hopkins. "He's a strong guy, athletic guy, and had been taking a lot of snaps. It's a big loss, and right now Corey Marshall is probably going to start there Saturday."
Beamer said true freshman Luther Maddy is having trouble with a nagging ankle injury and is waiting to see how he practices Wednesday, but he's not sure if Maddy will be able to play against the Canes. Isaiah Hamlette could also get some snaps, along with Dwight Tucker and Courtney Prince, who has been moved this week from offensive guard to defensive tackle.
"We've got to settle on it and line up and get some practice time with the four guys we feel like are going to be playing Saturday," said Beamer.