Virginia Tech starting quarterback Michael Vick, who injured his left ankle on a high-flying leap into the end zone last Saturday, will not play this weekend when the 11th-ranked Hokies host Alabama-Birmingham.
Coach Frank Beamer, prompted by Vick's inability to plant his left leg during practice Tuesday and Wednesday, said redshirt junior Dave Meyer will start Saturday against the Blazers, who lost at Missouri, 31-28, last week.
Meyer completed 7 of 14 passes for 82 yards after Vick got hurt midway through the second quarter of last weekend's 47-0 victory James Madison. This will be the second collegiate start for Meyer, who completed 7 of 9 passes for 98 yards last season in a 27-7 win over Pittsburgh in relief of injured starter Al Clark, but was sidelined in the second half by a separated shoulder.
"It was great to be out there again," Meyer said after the win over James Madison. "I felt like I was playing well last year when I got hurt, and then I never really got a chance to show what I could do."
Vick, a redshirt freshman who ran for three touchdowns in his much-anticipated college debut, was injured when he dove over two defenders in attempt to reach the end zone from about four yards away. He was upended and landed hard on his left ankle.
Trainers initially diagnosed Vick's injury as a lower leg contusion, but it later was determined to be a mild to moderate ankle sprain. Vick is expected to return for the Hokies' game Sept. 23 against Clemson.
"You've got to play the game," Beamer said of Vick's decision to dive for the end zone. "There are times when you've got to go for it and times when you don't. He saw the goal line and I think it was just his nature to go for it. . . . Now we just have to get him healthy."