Tape It Up: Virginia Tech: Oh Mono

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Virginia Tech: Oh Mono

Virginia Tech does not play another game until Oct. 25, but that does not mean that the team is taking any time off. That Oct. 25th game, after all, is against none other than the nation's No. 2 team, Boston College, and Tech will need all its guns firing in that matchup. One gun that will not be firing, however, will be that of starting linebacker Cam Martin, who has mononucleosis and may miss the team's next game, even after having this week to recover.

Martin, a redshirt sophomore, has started every game this season in the whip linebacker spot and currently ranks seventh on the team in tackles with 31, including for for a loss and three sacks. If Martin is still in bed next week, redshirt sophomore Cody Grimm will take Martin's place for his first collegiate start. Grimm does have 10 tackles so far this season, having seen plenty of time on the special teams units.

Martin would make the second linebacker to miss the Boston College game, as senior Vince Hall continues to miss time with a broken wrist. Hall, the team's leading tackler, broke his wrist during the Oct. 6 win over Clemson, and will have to be in a cast for another 10 days or so. After the wrist comes out of the cast, he will have to wear a brace in any remaining games he takes part in this season. Luckily, Hall's replacement has filled his shoes quite nicely. Backup Brett Warren had a team-high 11 tackles, including three for a loss, a sack and an interception while starting in Hall's place against Duke last Saturday.

The linebackers aren't the only ones ailing for the Hokies, as starting quarterback Tyrod Tailer suffered a high ankle sprain during Saturday's game, and is now listed as questionable for BC. Sean Glennon may be returning to the QB spot if Taylor's ankle does not heal quickly, which is certainly not the popular choice, even if Glennon played a brilliant two-plus quarters of football last week. After Taylor left the game in the second quarter on Saturday, Glennon completed 16 of 21 passes for 258 yards and two touchdowns.

Not bad for a backup.

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