Virginia Tech's defensive line takes a hit
Coming off perhaps the worst loss in program history, this week was already going to be a tough one for the Virginia Tech football team. But if the reality check this weekend weren't enough, the Hokies got some more sobering news on the injury front.
Redshirt junior defensive tackle Kwamaine Battle will miss the remainder of the 2010 season after being diagnosed with a torn ACL in his left knee. Battle, a starter during the first two games of this season, will have surgery Friday in Blacksburg. He suffered the injury late in the first quarter of Saturday's 21-16 loss to James Madison.
This injury is of particular concern because the Hokies were already thin on the defensive line. Sophomore Antoine Hopkins, who had a sack against the Dukes, will take over as a starter. His younger brother, freshman Derrick Hopkins, will be the primary back-up defensive tackle.
September 13, 2010; 8:30 AM ET
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