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Update on Dominique Wallace

Freshman running back Dominique Wallace fits the criteria for receiving a medical hardship and gaining a fifth year of eligibility after a foot injury ended his season, but Coach Al Groh would not express any optimism until it Wallace's case is presented to the NCAA.

The injury will shake up the rotation at running back, Groh said, considering Wallace worked his way up to the starting spot. He played two quarters after the injury occurred, impressing the trainers with his toughness.

Groh was befuddled by the injury, which is the same one that former running backs Cedric Peerman and Wali Lundy suffered. Peerman required Lisfranc surgery after different evaluations. Trainers let Lundy heal naturally. Wallace will undergo surgery. Groh said the team has conducted extensive research about this type of foot injury, which he said he never encountered before coming to Virginia. They studied the arch of the players' feet, the shoes they wore, the way they ran.

During Groh's nine years at Virginia, running backs have had a hard time staying healthy. Groh remarked this is the "seventh or eighth year" Virginia has been hit hard by injuries at that position.

By Zach Berman  |  September 23, 2009; 12:48 PM ET
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