On Saturday following Virginia Tech’s first scrimmage of the preseason, defensive line Coach Charley Wiles hoped that the knee injury suffered by redshirt senior defensive tackle Kwamaine Battle wasn’t serious.

“If he’s hurt, that would be terrible. That would be terrible for him and for us,” Wiles said. “That’d be a tough deal to lose two years in a row. I hope that’s not the case.”

On Sunday, though, Virginia Tech revealed that Wiles’s worst fears had been realized. Battle, a redshirt senior, will miss the entire 2011 season after re-tearing the same ACL he tore a year ago in the Hokies’ loss to James Madison.

Battle, who also dealt with shoulder injuries during his first year in Blacksburg, was already eligible to apply for a sixth-year medical redshirt since he’d previously missed two seasons due to injury. Surgical options for this latest ACL injury are being evaluated.

The Spring Hope, N.C., native started the first two games of last season before going down with injury. Brothers Antoine and Derrick Hopkins won the starting defensive tackle spots this spring, but Battle’s health progressed to the point that he had worked his way back to No. 3 on the depth chart.

Wiles said Saturday that if Battle was out for a significant amount of time, redshirt junior Isaiah Hamlette (Brooke Point HS) and freshman Luther Maddy would become his primary reserve defensive tackles. . . .

In other news, Frank Beamer’s official Web site reported Sunday that wide receiver Xavier Boyce has decided to transfer to Norfolk State. Boyce was indicted by a grand jury last month faces an Oct. 25 court date in front of a grand jury on felony child endangerment charges and had been indefinitely suspended by Virginia Tech while he awaits the court date. (A call to the the Montgomery County, Va., Circuit Court clerks office Monday confirmed that the court’s online database was incorrect regarding Boyce’s case.)

Tight end Jerome Lewis, meanwhile, has announced he will transfer to Massachusetts.