Ahead of its first practice at 3:15 p.m. Monday, the Virginia Tech football team announced that senior offensive lineman Brent Benedict will not play his final season because of a medical issue.
Benedict will take a medical hardship and remain on scholarship. He played in 11 games last season and made seven starts.
“Brent Benedict has been a great teammate at Virginia Tech, and we will miss his toughness,” Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer wrote in a news release. “We wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors, and he will always be a Hokie.”
In other news, sophomore tailback Chris Mangus will transfer from Virginia Tech. Mangus is from Raleigh, N.C. Click here to see an updated depth chart.
Here are more medical updates from Virginia Tech head athletic trainer Mike Goforth:
- Demitri Knowles: The wide receiver is not in camp because of a right ankle sprain. The Hokies expect him to be ready in time for the first game on Aug. 30 against William & Mary.
- Brandon Facyson: The sophomore is suffering from a right hip flexor and will be limited Monday in practice.
- Trey Edumunds: The Dan River grad will practice Monday with no restrictions. The sophomore broke his leg last season against Virginia.
- Woody Baron: The sophomore defensive tackle is still recovering from right ankle surgery and is not in camp. The Hokies are exploring a medical redshirt for him since he played as a true freshman last season.
- Kendrick Holland: The freshman will take a redshirt this season after having shoulder surgery.
- Devin Vandyke: Will be out 6-8 weeks because of a right lower leg stress fracture.
- Marshawn Williams: Is questionable for the William & Mary game after having hernia surgery on July 25.
WDBJ7's Travis Wells is at practice and will have more updates about the Hokies during our 5 o'clock and 6 o'clock newscasts.
The Hokies open the season at home on Aug. 30 when they host William & Mary. The following week Virginia Tech travels to Columbus, Ohio, to take on Big Ten powerhouse Ohio State.
Last season Virginia Tech finished with an 8-5 record and lost to UCLA 42-12 in the Sun Bowl.