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Virginia Tech LB Alonzo Tweedy doubtful vs. UNC

Virginia Tech whip linebacker Alonzo Tweedy has been listed as doubtful for Thursday’s game against North Carolina, the school announced Tuesday through its official injury report. Tweedy, a redshirt junior starting in place of injured Jeron Gouveia-Winslow, originally suffered a high-ankle sprain last month against Boston College and has not played since.

Defensive coordinator Bud Foster said earlier this week that the Hokies planned to again use a cornerback at whip linebacker in order to have the unit’s best 11 players on the field at the same time. In Virginia Tech’s win over Georgia Tech last week, cornerback Kyle Fuller slid over to linebacker, but Foster mentioned the possibility of using redshirt freshman cornerback Detrick Bonner in that role for this game.

If Bonner were to play at whip linebacker, Fuller would move back to his natural cornerback role. Defensive backs coach Torrian Gray said redshirt senior Cris Hill will continue to be the team’s nickel cornerback when opponents go to three wide receiver sets in passing situations.

Backup punter Scott Demler (back) was also listed as doubtful on the team’s injury.

The only player ruled out of Thursday’s game is offensive lineman David Wang, who is still recovering from a foot injury he suffered back in September. Offensive line coach Curt Newsome said this week that it’s unlikely Wang will return to action before the team’s bowl game.

Mark Giannotto is a Montgomery County native who covers high school sports for The Washington Post. He previously covered Virginia and Virginia Tech football for five years.


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