Noel to Have Procedure On Knee
Randall named quarterback for Marshall game
September 2, 2002

BLACKSBURG - Virginia Tech quarterback Grant Noel will undergo an arthroscopic procedure on Tuesday to evaluate his left knee. With Noel's status uncertain, sophomore quarterback Bryan Randall will move into the No. 1 spot for the Marshall game.

According to head athletic trainer Mike Goforth, Noel has been slightly limited for about three weeks due to a "clicking" in his left knee on the lateral side. The senior quarterback from Ridgeley, W.Va., tore the ACL in his left knee in spring practice, but opted not to undergo surgery to repair the injury.

"At this time, with a 10-day stretch without a game, we have decided to evaluate the knee arthroscopicly," Goforth said. "Grant underwent a similar type procedure on his right knee last July (2001) prior to the start of two-a-days."

The procedure will be performed at 8 a.m., on Tuesday at Montgomery Regional Hospital by Dr. Marc Siegel, team orthopedic surgeon.

"No one's worked harder to be a part of this football team than Grant Noel," said head football coach Frank Beamer. "As I understand it, medically, this is what needs to be done right now. We hope he'll be back for the Marshall game, but there is no guarantee of that. Bryan Randall will be our quarterback for the Marshall game. We plan to work Marcus Vick and Will Hunt as back-ups during this period of time."

Goforth expects Noel to be probable for the Sept. 12 game against Marshall.