Virginia Tech will have to make due without its starting center the rest of the year.
Following Saturday’s win over Duke, head trainer Mike Goforth told Coach Frank Beamer’s official Web site that redshirt junior Andrew Miller fractured his fibula and will undergo season-ending surgery Sunday.
Miller suffered the injury early in the third quarter , and Virginia Tech officials originally told reporters that it was a fractured ankle. Goforth said Miller now faces a four- to five-month recovery period, which, barring a setback, could allow him to participate in spring practice.
“We’re expecting good things out of it,” Goforth said. “Just hate it for him.”
The Hokies will now turn to versatile senior Michael Via at center. He has mostly played guard this year, but Via has seen game action at four of the five positions along the offensive line during his Virginia Tech career. Via had some issues snapping the ball when called into spur-of-the-moment duty Saturday, but he started three games at center as a redshirt freshman back in 2009.
The depth behind Via, though, is now very much an issue. Virginia Tech was already without left guard David Wang (ankle/knee) and guard/center Caleb Farris (ankle) Saturday and Goforth indicated Farris would likely not be available when the Hokies face Clemson next weekend.
Redshirt sophomores Matt Arkema and Brent Benedict would be Virginia Tech’s starting guards if Wang can’t play again, and offensive tackle Laurence Gibson has also been moved to guard for depth purposes. But it remains to be seen who becomes the back-up center.