Warren, Wang probable vs. U-Va.
Virginia Tech's offensive line is somewhat banged up heading into Saturday's game at Virginia, with starting center Beau Warren and left tackle Ed Wang both listed as probable to play with knee injuries.
Warren has missed the past three games with a Grade II sprain of the medial collateral ligament in his left knee. Wang's knee injury was not previously disclosed.
Warren, a fourth-year junior, was probable to play in last Saturday's 38-10 win over North Carolina State, but did not see any snaps. Michael Via has played in Warren's place since Warren suffered the injury against North Carolina on Oct. 29, when his leg was pinned underneath a pile near the Tar Heels’ goal line in the third quarter.
Wang, a fifth-year senior, played 59 snaps against N.C. State, grading out at 80 percent and tallying three knockdown blocks. Nick Becton, the backup left tackle, played 15 snaps against the Wolfpack, also grading out at 80 percent.
Behind left guard Sergio Render, Wang is Virginia Tech's most experienced offensive lineman. He has played 2,184 career snaps, including a offensive line-leading 664 snaps this season. At times, Wang has been one of the Hokies top performers on the line, although he has taken a few costly penalties in certain games.
If Wang cannot play, the Hokies will rely on an inexperienced replacement. Becton, a 6-foot-6, 311-pound redshirt freshman, has played in only four games for a total of 43 snaps. Before last Saturday's game, he played 16 snaps in a Sept. 12 win over Marshall, eight snaps in an Oct. 10 win over Boston College and four snaps in a Nov. 14 win over Maryland.
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