There is no understating the amount of impact a win on Saturday night would have for the Virginia Tech football program.
College Gameday will be in town for a showdown between two top-15 teams and a rematch of last year’s ACC Championship game (as well as a potential preview of this year’s game).
Justin Fuente will have top recruits galore in Blacksburg and the eyes of the country solely on his squad.
With all of that in mind, let’s take a look at what pieces each team could be missing come kickoff at 8pm on ABC.
Divine Deablo (Sophomore Free Safety): OUT for the season. The talented defensive back was a big special teams component and a key backup to Terrell Edmunds as well as a rotational defender who is one of four players on the team with an interception as well as a top 10 tackler statistically. He fractured his foot in the ODU game.
Adonis Alexander (Junior Cornerback): Questionable. Alexander has had discipline problems both related and unrelated to football in his Hokie career. Coach Fuente said his status will be determined for Saturday later in the week. He has missed the last two games due to suspensions and could serve a third game.
Marcus Edmond (RS Senior Cornerback): Doubtful. Edmond will most likely miss his third game in a row while dealing with a foot injury that occurred in the Auburn game. He served primarily as the team’s dime corner and has only seen 13 snaps this year.
Trayvon Mullen (Sophomore Cornerback): Questionable. Mullen is a starter but he remains in the concussion protocol after exiting in the second half of last Saturday’s game against Boston College.
Mark Fields (Junior Cornerback): Probable. Another rotational DB. Seen 78 snaps so far. Fields practiced Tuesday after dealing with a glute injury and leaving the BC game.