Linebacker To Undergo Ankle Surgery
Taylor will miss spring practice and is questionable for 2001 season
January 23, 2001

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Virginia Tech linebacker Ben Taylor has decided to undergo reconstructive surgery to repair a ligament in his right ankle. The surgery will be performed Friday afternoon at Montgomery Regional Hospital by Dr. Marc Siegel.

"This was an old problem that got reaggravated the weekend of the Miami game," Tech Director of Athletic Training Mike Goforth said Tuesday. "We expect Ben to be sidelined four to six months."

Taylor, who started all 12 games last season and led the team in tackles with 103, will miss Tech's spring football practice and is listed as questionable for the 2001 season. The junior from Bellaire, Ohio, was a first-team All-BIG EAST pick in 2000 and earned third-team All-America honors from The Associated Press.

Taylor will join fellow inside linebacker Jake Houseright on the sidelines this spring. Houseright, who injured his left knee during Tech's Gator Bowl victory over Clemson, underwent reconstructive surgery last Friday to repair his ACL. The junior starter from Gate City, Va., is also listed as questionable for next season. Both Taylor and Houseright are still eligible for redshirt years.

Another Tech defensive starter, tackle David Pugh, also faces surgery on Friday. Pugh, a redshirt junior from Madison Heights, Va., will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right ankle and should be fully recovered for spring practice. He is expected to have arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle following spring practice.