Virginia could be without several key starters at Georgia Tech

With Virginia getting set for its first ACC game of the year, the Cavaliers released their injury report Thursday as mandated by the conference. And the indication is that Virginia could be without several starters when it faces Georgia Tech on Saturday in Atlanta.

The one player certain to not play is offensive lineman Cody Wallace, who will miss his second straight game because of a lower leg injury he suffered in Virginia’s season-opening win over Richmond. In his place, the Cavaliers will likely use redshirt junior Sean Cascarano and sophomore Conner Davis at guard.

Virginia has also listed wide receiver Tim Smith doubtful for Saturday’s game due to a “lower extremity” injury suffered late in last Saturday’s win against Penn State. It will likely thrust sophomore Dominique Terrell into the starting lineup and give sophomore E.J. Scott more playing time.

Sophomore Darius Jennings is Virginia’s leading receiver with 10 catches for 152 yards and a touchdown through two games.

The Cavaliers could also be without defensive end Bill Schautz, who spent much of the Penn State game on the sidelines. The team is also categorizing him as dealing with a “lower extremity” injury. In Schautz’s place last week, senior Ausar Walcott filled in nicely, finishing with six tackles and putting a lot of pressure on Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin.

Tight end Paul Freedman was also listed as probable with an upper extremity injury.

Mark Giannotto is a Montgomery County native who covers high school sports for The Washington Post. He previously covered Virginia and Virginia Tech football for five years.

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