Tariq Edwards Officially Ruled Out Against Georgia Tech

According to the Richmond Times Dispatch's Mike Barber, Virginia Tech Head Coach Frank Beamer has officially ruled out starting backer Tariq Edwards for the Hokies' opener Sept. 3 against Georgia Tech. It is unclear what his point of return is at this time.

Edwards underwent surgery in the off-season to repair a stress fracture in his left leg, missing the entirety of spring practice. He was expected to be back for fall practice, but did not heal according to plan. He suffered a complication of the initial surgery, and had to undergo an additional surgery two weeks ago to remove a screw from the rod that was used to stabilize his leg. It was thought that the screw was causing him discomfort.

Edwards, the starter at backer for the Hokies in 2011, started all 14 games and collected 71 tackles (11.5 for a loss), 3.5 sacks, 2 interceptions and a recovered fumble. His 71 tackles was third best on the team behind free safety Antone Exum (89) and rover Eddie Whitley (83).

Redshirt-senior mike linebacker Bruce Taylor is expected to start in place of Edwards. Taylor, the Hokies leading tackler in 2010 (91) had started 22 consecutive games at mike linebacker before suffering a Lisfranc sprain that ended his season against Boston College in 2011. Still hobbled by the injury, he is working at backer and trying to learn the position. Jack Tyler, a redshirt-junior mike linebacker will take Taylor's spot in the starting lineup, allowing him to move to backer. Tyler, a former walk-on, has started 5 games in the past two seasons.

For more updates on the Tariq Edwards injury and Virginia Tech football, keep checking back with us here at Gobbler Country.

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