Noel Tears Lateral Meniscus In Right Knee
Quarterback expected out 3-6 weeks
July 19, 2001

BLACKSBURG - Virginia Tech quarterback Grant Noel suffered a torn lateral meniscus in his right knee and will undergo an MRI on Friday at Montgomery Regional Hospital to confirm the injury. Surgery, if needed, will be performed by Dr. Marc Siegel, team orthopaedic surgeon, on either Monday or Tuesday.

Noel, a rising redshirt junior, will be out three to six weeks, but is expected to make a full recovery in time for the start of fall practice on Aug. 11.

"We expect a full recovery from Grant," Director of Athletic Training Mike Goforth said. "We will start rehabbing the knee right away. He will begin throwing the ball within two days of the surgery and he shouldn't miss a beat."

Noel was listed as the Hokies' No. 1 quarterback heading into fall practice. If he can't go at full strength, redshirt freshman Jason Davis or one of three freshmen - Bryan Randall, Will Hunt or Chris Clifton -will battle it out for the starting nod.

The Hokies open the season on Sept. 1, hosting Connecticut.