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Boone Says He Will Play Against Nebraska

Tight end Greg Boone, who missed last Saturday’s game against Marshall with an injury to the joint connecting his breastbone and collarbone, said he would play Saturday when No. 13 Virginia Tech (1-1) hosts No. 19 Nebraska (2-0).

“I still got some lingering effects,” Boone said Tuesday after practice, “but I’m going to play.”

Boone said it hurt when he moved his arm across his body. In practices this week, Boone said he participated in all the drills and has been back to full speed.

With Boone returning, the Hokies have back one of their best offensive players. At 283 pounds, he is a big target with good hands and can clear space as a blocker. Boone, a fifth-year senior, is also looked at as a leader.

Last year, Boone was third on the team with 22 receptions for 278 yards and two touchdowns. He can add a wrinkle to the Hokies’ offense in the Wild Turkey formation, in which he lined up as a quarterback last year and rumbled for yards out of the backfield.

Boone sprained his SC joint while making a block in a 34-24 loss to Alabama on Sept. 5. The sternoclavicular joint, or SC joint, is the connection of the sternum (breastbone) to the clavicle (collarbone).

In the week of practice after the Alabama game, Boone was limited and wore a blue, non-contact jersey. He said it was “real tough” to be sidelined as the Hokies won, 52-10, over Marshall. Andre Smith and Sam Wheeler played in place of Boone. Neither finished with any receptions, but both were effective as blockers as Virginia Tech rushed for 444 yards.

Correction: An earlier version of this post misstated the name of Virginia Tech's second-team tight end. It is Andre Smith, not Andre Davis, who played for the Hokies from 1998 to 2001.

By Mark Viera  |  September 15, 2009; 8:03 PM ET
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