The Virginia Tech Hokies suffered a big blow on Monday when it was announced that sophomore safety Divine Deablo would miss the remainder of the season with a foot injury.
The former receiver moved to safety in the offseason and has been one of the more pleasant surprises on Tech’s defense so far this season. Deablo has played significant minutes in all four of Tech’s games this season, proving to be solid in all phases despite his inexperience on the defensive side of the ball.
The foot injury, which was revealed to be a left foot fracture and it occurred in the second quarter of VT’s 38-0 win over Old Dominion. Deablo picked off his first career pass, but unfortunately came up limping after the play and did not return. He was on crutches after the game and everyone feared the worst.
Deablo finished the season with eight tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, half a sack, and one interception. He wasn’t just a backup, as he was often on the field with the starting secondary in nickel and dime packages.
With Deablo’s injury, expect more minutes for Devon Hunter and Khalil Ladler, among others.
Head coach Justin Fuente said on Monday he hopes to get Deablo a medical redshirt, that his injury happened right at the cutoff line. A true sophomore, let’s hope the NCAA grants Deablo the medical redshirt.
Virginia Tech's looking into the medical RS for Divine Deablo. Fuente sounded hopeful he'll get it. It's right on the cutoff line. #Hokies— Andy Bitter (@AndyBitterVT) September 25, 2017
Deablo’s future at Virginia Tech appears to be quite bright and we here at Gobbler Country are hoping for a speedy recovery.