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Thursday, October 13, 2011
Hokies' defense takes another hit

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

With the latest news that starting linebacker Jeron Gouveia-Winslow will miss the rest of the season after suffering a Lisfranc sprain in his left foot during last Saturday’s win over Miami, the Hokies' defense just got even younger.

Defensive end James Gayle will miss the Wake Forest game with a sprained ankle, and as you know, injured defensive tackle Antoine Hopkins is also out.

That leaves two players making their first career starts in Alonzo Tweedy, who will fill in for Gouveia-Winslow, and defensive end Tyrel Wilson, who will take over for Gayle on Saturday. And don't forget true freshman Corey Marshall, who will start his second game in place of Hopkins. The toughest matchup on Saturday might be the undersized Wilson against Wake Forest redshirt senior Doug Weaver.

Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe said earlier this week that regardless of the Hokies' injuries, he still expected to get their best shot defensively.

"I know they've had some injuries up front, but they've got some of the more talented kids especially at linebacker and in the secondary," Grobe said. "I like the kids that they had up front last week against Miami, watching them play. I thought their kids were real physical and chased the football and did all the things that Bud's defenses are known for.

"We've got a battle on our hands. I know we're not even considering any of the guys they might have injured. We know they're going to come in here and play great defense."