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Posted at 02:11 PM ET, 10/17/2011

Status of two injured Virginia Tech defensive starters still uncertain

Virginia Tech Coach Frank Beamer said Monday on his weekly teleconference that he won’t release any information on the status of injured cornerback Jayron Hosley (hamstring) and defensive end James Gayle (ankle) until the team’s official injury report comes out on Thursday.

Gayle, who sprained his left ankle on the first defensive series of the Miami game, tried to practice last week before the team announced Thursday he would not travel to Wake Forest. Hosley came up gimpy and grabbed his left hamstring when Wake Forest wide receiver Chris Givens beat him on a 79-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter Saturday.

“We’ll just have to see. When you get those hamstrings, you never know,” Beamer said of Hosley on Saturday, adding that the junior missed practice time last week because his hamstring had been bothering him.

On Monday, though, Beamer said the players filling in for his four injured defensive starters during Saturday’s 38-17 win at Wake Forest “did all right.” You’ll remember defensive tackle Antoine Hopkins (knee) and linebacker Jeron Gouveia-Winslow (foot) are both out with season-ending injuries.

The standout was redshirt sophomore Tyrel Wilson, a 219-pound defensive end who got his first-career start in place of Gayle. Wilson “had an excellent game,” Beamer said, and finished with five tackles and a sack.

Redshirt freshman Detrick Bonner, who replaced Hosley after he came up gimpy when Wake Forest wide receiver Chris Givens beat him on a 79-yard touchdown catch, was more uneven. He went eight for 11 on his “make the play” situations, defensive backs coach Torrian Gray told Beamer’s official website, but had several mental mistakes.

“He’ll be better after a good week of practice,” said Beamer, an indication that Hosley may not be available when the Hokies face Boston College this Saturday.

At defensive tackle, the Hokies started freshman Luther Maddy but stuck with their plans to use freshman Corey Marshall and redshirt junior Isaiah Hamlette as well. The trio combined for three tackles. Beamer said Marshall and Maddy are “coming along, getting better each week.”

Linebacker Alonzo Tweedy was in-and-out of the lineup with the Hokies playing a lot of nickel coverage against Wake Forest, but managed to rack up six tackles. “He’s got a lot of good ability and he made some nice plays for us,” Beamer said. . . .

In other news, Virginia Tech is ranked No. 12 in the initial BCS rankings even though the Hokies are No. 16 in the AP and Harris polls and No. 14 in the coaches’ poll this week. It turns out three of the six computer rankings used as part of the BCS formula have the Hokies ranked No. 9 in the country. The BCS rankings are determined by placing equal weight on the coaches’ poll, the Harris poll and the average ranking from six major computer models.

The Hokies are about to enter a soft spot in their schedule, with the struggling Eagles coming to town Saturday followed by a 12:30 game at Duke before the bye week hits. Boston College is 1-5 this year and has yet to beat a Football Bowl Subdivision school.

By Mark Giannotto  |  02:11 PM ET, 10/17/2011

 
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