Two Hokies Undergo Surgery
Houseright, Austin have knees scoped
October 14, 2001

BLACKSBURG - Following the Hokies' win over Boston College, it was decided that defensive back Larry Austin and linebacker Jake Houseright needed to have their knees "scoped" to repair damage. Both underwent arthroscopic surgery on their knees Sunday at Montgomery Regional Hospital to clean up minor cartilage damage both have sustained. Dr. Marc Siegel, team orthopaedic surgeon, performed the procedure on Houseright at 10 a.m., followed immediately by Austin's procedure.

"As the game progressed, both of their knees got progressively worse," said head athletic trainer Mike Goforth. "We had the upcoming week off, so we decided to go ahead with the procedures. Dr. Siegel went in and the surgeries went well. Both will be released this afternoon and we'll start rehab tomorrow."

Both Houseright and Austin had a torn meniscus in their left knee. Siegel went in and trimmed the meniscus on both in the brief procedure. They are expected to be released by 4 p.m., today.

Goforth said he anticipates both being out 2-3 weeks, but hopes to have both ready to go for the Syracuse game on Oct. 27. In the meantime, Brian Welch will get the reps as the No. 1 guy at linebacker while Eric Green will take the reps as the No. 1 guy at the field corner.

Tech (6-0, 3-0) is ranked No. 4 in the ESPN/Coaches Poll. The new AP poll is due out Sunday afternoon.