Virginia Tech announced Thursday that cornerback Jayron Hosley is doubtful for Saturday’s game against Boston College after a re-aggravating a left hamstring injury at Wake Forest. Hosley, who originally suffered the injury last week during practice, would be replaced by redshirt freshman Detrick Bonner if he’s not able to play.

Hosley led the nation with nine interceptions last season and currently leads the team with three interceptions through this season. Saturday would be Bonner’s first career start.

But the good news for the Hokies is that defensive end James Gayle is expected to return to the lineup after missing last week’s game with a sprained ankle. Gayle was not listed on the team’s injury report.

Tight end Eric Martin (shoulder) and offensive linemen David Wang (foot) and Mark Shuman (ankle/knee) have been ruled out of Saturday’s game.

The team also announced that reserve wide receiver E.L. Smiling, a redshirt freshman from Stafford, is out for the rest of the season with a wrist injury, Smiling, a first-team All Met selection at Brooke Point High in 2009, has yet to play in game during his two years in Blacksburg.