Beamer confident injured Hokies will be back for Syracuse
October 15, 2001

Tech head coach Frank Beamer expressed confidence Monday on the BIG EAST teleconference that injured starters Jake Houseright and Larry Austin will be ready for the Syracuse game on Oct. 27. Houseright and Austin both underwent arthroscopic knee surgery Sunday at Montgomery Regional Hospital to repair cartilage damage.

Normally, the recovery time for this injury takes 2-3 weeks, but Tech's sports medicine staff - and Beamer - think that both will be ready for Syracuse.

"I think their personalities give us hope," Beamer said. "Both of those guys are tougher than heck and they desperately want to play. They're going to do all they can to get back. We're not going to send them out there unless their knees are totally healthy, but I think their personalities give us hope."

If Houseright can't go, then Brian Welch will get the start at mike linebacker. Eric Green will get the start in Austin's place if Austin is unavailable.

The Hokies have this weekend off. However, some of Tech's back-ups and walk-ons will play in a junior varsity game this Friday against Hargrave at 2 p.m. on the Tech practice fields.