Nursing a hamstring injury that made it difficult to even walk, senior Jarrett Boykin spent last Saturday at the apartment of fellow injured wideout Dyrell Roberts (broken arm) watching No. 11 Virginia Tech’s win over Marshall. But with the Hokies’ first marquee matchup of the year this week against No. 13 Clemson at Lane Stadium, Boykin isn’t planning to sit in front of a television for a second straight game.
After wearing a blue jersey for Monday’s practice (limited work), Boykin was a full participant in Tuesday’s practice. Afterward he seemed optimistic that his right hamstring would be healed enough for him to play against the Tigers this weekend.
“I think I’m good to go Saturday because it felt good today,” Boykin said.
He added, though, that there’s still “a little hitch in it” when he tries to run at full speed.
“I’m kind of scared to open up my stride a little bit because I’m still trying to protect it and I don’t want to pull it again before Clemson,” Boykin said.
Boykin originally suffered the injury last Tuesday in practice running a go route during one-on-one drills, but he said this injury – which is in his upper right hamstring — is unrelated to the hamstring strain he battled through during training camp.
Boykin said there was no way he could have played against Marshall because at that point his hamstring was “pinching” every time he moved his leg.
Earlier this year Boykin set Virginia Tech’s all-time receptions record, and he’s currently just 57 yards away from passing Ricky Scales as the school’s all-time leader in receiving yards, a record that has stood for 37 years. So far during the 2011 season, Boykin has 10 catches for 93 yards and a touchdown.
As for redshirt junior wide receiver Marcus Davis, who sprained his foot in the win over Marshall, his status remains uncertain. He spent Monday’s practice wearing a walking boot on his right foot, but he did practice some on Tuesday in a blue jersey. The Hokies have been preparing true freshman wide receiver Demetri Knowles just in case they need more depth Saturday.