- Andrea Adelson, ESPN Staff Writer
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Virginia Tech heads to Pittsburgh for a big game on Thursday night, and will have to do so without two of its better players.
Defensive tackle Luther Maddy is out for the game, while super freshman running back Marshawn Williams is "very doubtful." Maddy has missed two straight games after having surgery on a torn meniscus, while Williams sprained his ankle in a win at North Carolina on Oct. 4.
The Williams injury may be tougher to overcome, considering the Hokies are getting thin at running back. Trey Edmunds and Shai McKenzie already are out, leaving J.C. Coleman as the probable starter against the Panthers. Joel Caleb and Sam Rogers will be in the rotation as well.
In other ACC injury news, Virginia coach Mike London was not yet ready to announce who would start at quarterback against Duke on Saturday. Greyson Lambert practiced on Sunday so if he is ready to go after an ankle injury, he will start. If he is not quite ready, then Matt Johns will.
Louisville coach Bobby Petrino also was mum on his starting quarterback against NC State. Both Reggie Bonnafon and Will Gardner played last week in a loss to Clemson. There also is still not decision on when receiver DeVante Parker will return from a foot injury. He has resumed practicing but was not quite ready to play last week.
Meanwhile, Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson said quarterback Justin Thomas was OK after injuring his ankle in a loss to Duke.
Now let's take a quick look at what else is happening in the ACC:
It's midseason report time! Athlon Sports attempts to predict the Coastal champ at the midway point of the season. All four writers pick Virginia Tech. Note to Athlon Sports friends: There should never be agreement on the Coastal! Ever!
Boston College coach Steve Addazio could not have been more complimentary of the Clemson defense.
North Carolina hopes for a second-half turnaround, just like last season.
NC State coach Dave Doeren suspended seven players for their role in a BB gun fight at their off-campus residence.