Redshirting LB still an option
August 17, 2001

BLACKSBURG - After Tech's Friday morning practice, Tech head coach Frank Beamer answered questions concerning senior linebacker Jake Houseright after bringing up the possibility of Houseright redshirting on his Web Site yesterday. Houseright tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee in Tech's victory over Clemson in the Gator Bowl and has spent the past eight months rehabbing.

"The thing with Jake is he definitely needs to be able to go full speed," Beamer said after Friday's practice. "If he can't, then he should redshirt. It still has that option available. I thought he was a little tentative during the first day of hitting. But we don't have a timetable on it. We're going to see how he progresses."

Houseright played as a true freshman, and thus, has a redshirt year available to him. But Houseright hasn't missed a practice so far this fall. In fact, in Friday morning's practice, he didn't even wear a knee brace, though the Hokies only practiced in helmets and shoulder pads.

"My knee feels fine," Houseright said. "Redshirting has been discussed ever since I got injured. But there's no swelling at all. I'm very happy with where I'm at and I'm looking forward to the season."

Tech practices again Friday afternoon. The Hokies scrimmage on Saturday for the first time this fall.