Linebacker Xavier Adibi, one of the brightest prospects in a highly regarded redshirt freshman class at Virginia Tech, will undergo season-ending surgery today to repair the torn right biceps tendon he suffered during Saturday's season-opening loss to Southern Cal, trainer Mike Goforth said yesterday. Adibi also will have some damage to his shoulder repaired, Goforth said.
The surgery required Coach Frank Beamer and his staff to make some adjustments. The most noticeable involves senior middle linebacker Mikal Baaqee (DeMatha) playing some at the outside position, where Adibi had been running a close second to redshirt junior Blake Warren (Centreville).
Beamer added in a teleconference yesterday that Baaqee and Warren would share the position and that redshirt freshman Vince Hall, who had been slightly behind Baaqee on the depth chart, would start at middle linebacker. Baaqee would allow for a three-man rotation at the two positions. Freshman Brett Warren, Blake's younger brother, will be prepped in the middle.
Also, backup linebacker Brandon Manning will take Adibi's place as the up back on the punting unit.
Beamer said that three freshman wide receivers, among them Eddie Royal (Westfield) and Josh Morgan (H.D. Woodson), would get more work during practices in anticipation of playing Sept. 11 against Western Michigan. Redshirt junior Chris Clifton, the starting split end, dropped two passes during the 24-13 loss to the top-ranked Trojans.
Redshirt juniors Cedric Humes and Justin Hamilton will continue to share the tailback responsibilities, Beamer said.
-- Ken Denlinger