Virginia senior receiver Matt Snyder, a team captain and former walk-on, broke a bone in his left foot and will be out “several weeks,” coach Mike London said on his weekly teleconference.
London said Snyder was running a route in Tuesday’s practice, and he broke a bone when he turned. It was a non-contact injury, but he’s having outpatient surgery on Friday to put a screw in it. It’s a significant loss to Virginia’s offense, as Snyder is a smart player, one of the team’s best blockers, and the third-leading receiver on the team.
“I can’t even begin to tell you how upset we are for the young man that something like this has occurred to him. He’s devastated as you could imagine. But the type of guy Matt is, he’s trying to find a silver lining; ‘Hey, Coach, now I can get with the young receivers and get them coached up,’ and things like that. I don’t know how long he’s going to be out -- six, eight weeks. I don’t know. I’m not a doctor.”
Snyder has 19 catches this year, and 15 of them have resulted in a first down. He was competing as a grad student, and had five starts in six games. He also had three plays of at least 20 yards.
London said the team will embrace the “next man up” mentality, and younger players such as Ray Keys, Miles Gooch, Darius Jennings, and Dominique Terrell will have to increase their roles. Tim Smith was listed as a potential starter with Snyder on this week’s depth chart, with Jennings the backup.