Virginia Tech Coach Frank Beamer said Monday on his weekly teleconference that safety Michael Cole will not play Saturday at Boston College after suffering a scary neck injury during the Hokies’ Thursday night loss to Florida State.
Cole lay motionless on the Lane Stadium turf for nearly 10 minutes after leading with his helmet on a tackle during the third quarter. He was then immobilized on a backboard and taken from the field on an ambulance to LewisGale Hospital in Blacksburg.
After the game, though, Virginia Tech announced Cole had suffered a neck sprain and would be released from the hospital Thursday night. Beamer said Monday that Cole came to the football facility Friday in “good spirits,” but offered no update on when, or if, he’ll return to the lineup this season.
“No matter what team it is, whether it’s yours or someone else’s, you don’t want to see that,” Beamer said about Cole, who has been wearing a neck brace for precautionary reasons since Thursday night. “For it to be one of your own and the kind of kid [who] … cares about Virginia Tech and really cares about performing, your heart goes out to him.”
Cole, a redshirt freshman, had been an integral part of Virginia Tech’s nickel package on defense and his playing time has increased as the seaqson progressed. He has 43 tackles and two interceptions this year.
In Cole’s place, the Hokies will likely turn to freshman Desmond Frye if they play their nickel package at Boston College. Frye was beaten for a touchdown Thursday night by Florida State wide receiver Greg Dent.
●Beamer also revealed Monday that running back Michael Holmes suffered an undisclosed injury last week, but should be available Saturday. The Hokies used freshman J.C. Coleman and redshirt junior Tony Gregory exclusively at tailback against the Seminoles.
●Beamer said the team would take a look at who kicks off. Freshman Brooks Abbott had replaced sophomore Michael Branthover (DeMatha) in recent weeks, but the Hokies are looking for more hang time and distance.
●Beamer said redshirt freshman wide receiver Demitri Knowles would see an increase in playing time over the coming weeks. He has 13 catches for 201 yards this year. As for senior Alonzo Tweedy, who had six tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss in his first start of the year against Florida State, Beamer would not say what the team’s plans are at whip linebacker this week.
“Tweedy flies around there and very athletic and . . . good when he’s stunting,” Beamer said.
●The ACC announced Monday that Virginia Tech’s game against Virginia has been put on six-day hold by ESPN. That means the league won’t announce a kickoff time until Sunday.