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Virgil on his knee and Senior Day

After Virginia Tech's 38-10 win over North Carolina State on Saturday, cornerback Stephan Virgil said his injured left knee has been improving and that he used family as his motivation for his Senior Day.

"The knee is doing better," said Virgil, who has not spoken with reporters since the week of the Miami game on Sept. 26. "I’ve been working all season on it, getting it back close to 100 percent. I feel close to 100 percent today."

Virgil injured his left knee in a Sept. 5 meeting against Alabama and missed the Hokies’ games against Marshall on Sept. 12 and against Nebraska on Sept. 19. He has been limited in practices this year.

Entering the year, Virgil, a senior, was the Hokies best and most experienced cornerback. His injury was a source of concern, but Rashad Carmichael played well in his heightened role as the boundary cornerback.

On Saturday, Virgil had two tackles and a fumble recovery. He said he was motivated by his family, especially after the birth of his son, Zyon, on Friday.

"This being my last game in Lane Stadium, I wanted to make it the best game to remember for my college career," Virgil said. "I had great motivation with my family."

By Mark Viera  |  November 23, 2009; 9:45 AM ET
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