Network News

X My Profile
View More Activity
On Twitter: HokiesJournal and PostSports  |  Facebook  |  E-mail alerts: Redskins and Sports  |  RSS

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.

To make matters worse, Virginia Tech, which began the year ranked No. 10 in the AP poll and No. 6 in the USA Today Coaches' poll, was dropped from both following Saturday's shocking defeat.

By Mark Giannotto  |  September 13, 2010; 8:30 AM ET
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz   Previous: Hokies fans: I've been there
Next: Poll: How many wins will the Hokies get this year?

No comments have been posted to this entry.

Post a Comment

We encourage users to analyze, comment on and even challenge's articles, blogs, reviews and multimedia features.

User reviews and comments that include profanity or personal attacks or other inappropriate comments or material will be removed from the site. Additionally, entries that are unsigned or contain "signatures" by someone other than the actual author will be removed. Finally, we will take steps to block users who violate any of our posting standards, terms of use or privacy policies or any other policies governing this site. Please review the full rules governing commentaries and discussions.

characters remaining

RSS Feed
Subscribe to The Post

© 2010 The Washington Post Company