The Virginia Tech Hokies received some tough news on Thursday when head coach Justin Fuente confirmed freshman wide receiver Caleb Farley would miss the 2017 season with a knee injury.
#Hokies coach Justin Fuente said WR Caleb Farley will miss the season with a knee injury. Non-contact in the first practice.— Norm Wood (@normwood) August 3, 2017
This was expected news yesterday, however, Tech wanted to confirm with doctors before making the announcement public.
It’s a crushing blow for the Hokies as Farley was expected to be a big part of the offense in 2017. He had worked outside and in the slot early in fall camp and possessed the kind of size and speed to make an immediate impact. Now, Fuente needs other young players to step up.
The young freshman certainly had a much more positive outlook than most surrounding the Virginia Tech program.
"Consider it pure joy, when you face trials of many kinds because you know this testing of your faith produces perseverance" James 1 ❤️— Caleb (@IamCalebFarley) August 2, 2017
It certainly sounds like a torn ACL for Farley, although the specifics of the injury weren’t discussed. Fuente described it as a non-contact knee injury, which usually means an ACL. Fortunately for Farley and the Hokies, ACL injuries are fairly routine and he should be able to bounce back for next season.
This certainly creates more opportunities for youngsters like Phil Patterson, Eric Kumah, Kalil Pimpleton, Sean Savoy, among others.
On Monday, when the coaches and players met the press before the opening of camp, everyone was excited about Farley’s potential. Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait one year.
We’re wishing you a speedy recovery, Caleb.