PITTSBURGH – Virginia Tech beginning linebacker Dylan Rivers (ankle), defensive finish Emmanuel Belmar (undisclosed) and working again Deshawn McClease (undisclosed) gained’t play Saturday towards Pittsburgh.
Defensive take on Jarrod Hewitt (ankle) and linebacker Rayshard Ashby (undisclosed) are to be had to play after lacking ultimate week’s recreation towards Boston School with accidents.
Each participated within the pregame workout routines, however were not with the primary workforce protection.
The Hokies went with Rico Kearney and Dax Hollifield at linebacker in warmups at the first workforce with Vinny Mihota getting the nod at take on. The 3 defenders all began ultimate week towards Boston School.
Kearney and Hollifield performed smartly of their first profession begins. Kearney had 18 tackles (1.five for a loss), probably the most for a Hokies defender since 2003. Hollifield had 10 tackles.
Each earned prime reward from the training group of workers.
“They each performed actually arduous,” Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster mentioned. “I believed they endured to get well as the sport went alongside. And that’s just right for us, from a perspective of me in my view, now I do know we’ve some high quality intensity now at that place and you’ve got some enjoy slightly bit.”
The protection can be with out beginning defensive again Bryce Watts, who fractured his forearm ultimate week towards Boston School, and backup defensive take on Xavier Burke, who suffered an achilles damage.
Mike Niziolek is the Virginia Tech soccer beat creator for The Roanoke Instances. Observe him on Fb.