Wednesday, January 24, 2001
Taylor will miss spring practice
BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Virginia Tech linebacker Ben Taylor, a
third-team All-American this season, will have surgery to repair a
ligament in his right ankle Friday and his status for next season
is uncertain, the school said.
Taylor started all 12 games this season, leading the Hokies in
tackles with 103. The injury is an old problem that got
reaggravated on Nov. 4 in Virginia Tech's 41-21 loss at Miami, team
trainer Mike Goforth said in a news release.
Taylor will miss four to six months, including spring practice,
Taylor joins fellow linebacker Jake Houseright, who is
recovering from surgery to repair the ACL is his left knee, and
defensive tackle David Pugh, on the sidelines.
Housright, injured during Virginia Tech's 41-20 Gator Bowl
victory against Clemson, also is questionable for next season after
having the surgery last Friday. Pugh will have arthroscopic surgery
on his right knee Friday and should be ready for spring ball.