What does Virginia Tech do at starting defensive tackle with Antoine Hopkins out for season?
With junior Antoine Hopkins out for the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, Virginia Tech is about to learn just how far some of its young defensive tackles have progressed in the early season.
Hopkins, a 6-foot-1, 306-pound junior starter from Highland Springs High in Highland Springs, suffered the injury in Saturday night's 23-3 loss to Clemson. He'll have surgery Friday in Blacksburg to repair the injury.
Prior to the season, when backup defensive tackle Kwamaine Battle went down for the season with a torn ACL (for a second straight year), defensive line coach moved true freshman Corey Marshall from defensive end to defensive tackle, and started getting fellow true freshman Luther Maddy increased reps at
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