Wheeler suffers torn ACL
Tight end to miss remainder of season
November 2, 2007

BLACKSBURG - Virginia Tech starting tight end Sam Wheeler will miss the remainder of the 2007 football season after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) of his left knee in the first quarter of last night's win at Georgia Tech. Tech head athletic trainer Mike Goforth released the news.

Wheeler, a redshirt sophomore from Blacksburg, had started all nine games and had recorded 15 catches for 211 yards and a touchdown. This is the second tight end to be lost for the season with a torn ACL as true freshman Chris Drager tore his ACL in the William & Mary game. That leaves Tech's offense with two tight ends on the current dress squad - Greg Boone and Andre Smith.

Goforth said Wheeler will have surgery in a few weeks, once the swelling in the knee goes down. His return for spring practice is questionable, but should be back to full strength by next preseason.

In other injury news, linebacker Vince Hall, who has missed the last three games after suffering a broken wrist against Clemson, had his cast removed Friday and is now in a splint, but is out for Florida State and questionable for the Miami game on Nov. 17. Center Ryan Shuman (high ankle sprain) is questionable, receiver Eddie Royal (strained calf) is questionable and linebacker Xavier Adibi (ankle) is probable. Lineman Aaron Brown (left shoulder subluxation) missed the Georgia Tech game and will be out for the FSU game.

Tech (7-2) will host Florida State on Saturday, Nov. 10 in a 3:30 game on ABC.