Hokies' Andrew Miller out for season

Updated: October 14, 2012, 8:22 PM ET
By Heather Dinich | ESPN.com

Virginia Tech starting center Andrew Miller will miss the rest of the season after suffering a left ankle injury in Saturday's 41-20 win against Duke, the school announced Sunday.

Miller, the lone veteran on an offensive line that had to replace four starters from a year ago, had ankle surgery Sunday morning to help repair a Maisonneuve fracture. The redshirt junior suffered a broken fibula and torn ligaments in his left ankle. With a recovery time of four to five months, Miller is questionable for next spring's practice session.

Miller, a two-year starter and Rimington Award candidate for the nation's top center, was the team's most experienced offensive lineman after starting 14 games last year. He suffered the injury in the third quarter against Duke and was replaced by Michael Via. Via was forced to move into the position because backup center Caleb Farris missed Saturday's game with an ankle injury.

Miller has started the past 21 games at center for Tech and has played more than 1,400 offensive snaps in his career.

It's a huge loss for a team that has to travel Saturday to No. 14 Clemson, which beat the Hokies twice last season, including in the ACC Championship Game.

Virginia Tech (4-3, 2-1), was picked by the media in July to win the ACC's Coastal Division but dropped out of the AP Top 25 in Week 3 after a loss at Pittsburgh.

Virginia Tech's depth chart along the interior offensive line is now to be determined until the status of Farris and guard David Wang (ankle/knee) is determined.