We can't fully celebrate Monday night's win anymore.
Via Andy Bitter of The Roanoke Times:
And Virginia Tech makes it official. WR D.J. Coles out for the season. Likely to get medical hardship waiver for another year. #Hokies— Andy Bitter (@AndyBitterVT) September 6, 2012
DJ Coles left Monday night's game towards the end of the first quarter with a banged up right knee. Coles had surgery in the offseason to repair a torn posterior cruciate ligament in the same knee. It's not yet clear whether the injury is to the same ligament--or any ligament for that matter.
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Career Stats: 507 yards, 3 TDs, 39 receptions
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To me, the injury raises some questions:
- Was Coles cleared to play earlier than he should have been?
- Which player(s) will step up to fill the void?
- How severely will this impact the Hokies going forward?
Coles is going to be sorely missed in the blocking game on the outside. Davis is the closest to size of Coles (in fact, Davis has a few pounds on him) but Coles seems to have more physicality in his game.
On the depth chart at split end the Hokies have Dyrell Roberts and Corey Fuller, both of whom should see substantially more playing time with Coles injured. Another player that may see more playing time as a direct result, and Monday's touchdown may have been proof, is Demetri Knowles.
The Hokies should be able to fill the void offensively with the depth and it will be interesting to see what changes, if any, are made in the passing game. The Hokies may go a bit more towards speed and quickness instead of size and power.
Weigh in with your thoughts below.
UPDATE: I went back to see if I could find when Coles got hurt. Coles went out with 1:18 left to play in the first quarter after a knee-to-knee hit from Georgia Tech's Rod Sweeting. The kicker? Coles was lost for the season on a play that was called back due to an illegal procedure.
Below is a screen grab of the hit. Nothing dirty on the hit, just an unfortunate outcome.