Ore to Sit Out Spring Semester
Sophomore back to return to school eligible in the fall
January 19, 2006

BLACKSBURG - Virginia Tech running back Branden Ore is not enrolled in school this semester, instead opting to rehabilitate his shoulder at home. The redshirt sophomore will return to classes eligible in the fall for preseason camp.

Ore, from Chesapeake, Va., had surgery Jan. 3 on his right shoulder to repair a torn labrum. The procedure lasted about 1:45 and was performed by Dr. Marc Siegel at Montgomery Regional Hospital in Blacksburg.

According to head athletic trainer Mike Goforth, Ore will be in a sling for two more weeks and was scheduled to sit out spring practice. He will be full for summer workouts and fall practice. He will undergo physical therapy at home and will be under the direction of a protocol developed by Dr. Siegel for that surgery. In another month, he will begin full strengthening. In about another three months, he can return to non-contact sports and between months five and six, he can begin throwing and contact sports.

"We anticipate a complete rehabilitation and full recovery for Branden," said head coach Frank Beamer. "We have been assured he will be ready to go when he returns in August."

Ore played in 12 games this past season, finishing second on the team with 647 yards rushing on 109 attempts with six touchdowns. In his absence, George Bell, Elan Lewis and Kenny Lewis, Jr., will get a majority of the work during spring practice.