Virginia Tech announced Thursday that starting whip linebacker Jeron Gouveia-Winslow will miss the rest of the season after suffering a Lisfranc sprain in his left foot during last Saturday’s win over Miami.
Gouveia-Winslow, an Ashburn native and former All-Met defensive player of the year out of Stone Bridge High, will have surgery next week after an MRI exam on Thursday confirmed the extent of the injury.
Redshirt junior Alonzo Tweedy now moves into the starting lineup. He had eight tackles and a sack against the Hurricanes after Gouveia-Winslow left the game following a tackle on a Miami fake field goal attempt in the first quarter.
Gouveia-Winslow struggled last year but showed improvement throughout the offseason and won his starting job back for this season. He saw limited action with the Hokies facing a lot of spread offenses early on and had nine tackles, 0.5 sacks and an interception through six games.
Combined with the announcement earlier Thursday that defensive end James Gayle will miss this week’s game at Wake Forest, it means the Hokies’ defense will have two players making their first career start (Tweedy and defensive end Tyrel Wilson) as well as a true freshman (Corey Marshall) starting at defensive tackle against the Demon Deacons.