Noel Not Scheduled For Surgery
QB has improved since injuring knee last month
May 1, 2002

BLACKSBURG - Virginia Tech quarterback Grant Noel will not undergo surgery on his injured knee, as determined Wednesday morning by team orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Marc Siegel.

"At this point, Grant has gotten progressively better," said director of athletic training Mike Goforth. "He has full range of motion and we're planning on starting a rehab program in a couple of weeks."

Noel tore the ACL in his left knee on April 17 in a scrimmage. May 1st was set as the day of evaluation by the team of doctors to determine the course of action at this point.

Goforth emphasized that just because surgery is not scheduled at this point does not mean that it won't be scheduled at a later date. In addition, Siegel and Goforth have ruled out arthroscopic surgery at this point.

"If something happens between now and August, we will go in there and operate," Goforth said. "But as of right now, we feel we don't need to do that."

If all goes well, Noel should be ready when practice begins on Aug. 5. If he is required to have surgery, he would likely be out until October or later.

"I'm confident that I will be ready for practice in August," Noel said. "I know I'm going to have to work hard in the training room, but I'm ready for the challenge."