Tape It Up: Virginia Tech: Too Much Fun In The Sun

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Virginia Tech: Too Much Fun In The Sun

On the trip to Florida for Thursday's Orange Bowl, Virginia Tech encouraged its players to go out and have some fun. Linebacker Vince Hall took that to heart, and seems to have had so much fun that he may not be able to play in the bowl game. The senior hurt his left knee during an outing at the beach and his participation in practice - as well as the amount of fun he's having in the sun - has been severely limited as a result.

"We are concerned," head coach Frank Beamer said. "It was a little tender [Monday]. The way I understand, it's going to be Vince's decision whether he can go or not."

If it were the Hokies' decision, Hall would certainly suit up. Even though he played in only nine of the team's 13 games this season, he is the team's second-leading tackler, with 92 to his name, including 6.5 for a loss and 3.5 sacks. He also picked off a pass, broke up three more and recorded four QB hurries. Hall missed four games earlier in the year after breaking his left forearm and wrist in the team's win over Clemson.

Should Hall be unable to start, junior Brett Warren will take over. He had 30 tackles in his four starts while Hall was waiting for his arm to heal, and has seen time in all 13 games this season. He also has 3.5 sacks and an interception to his name.

"We have confidence in Brett," Beamer said. "He stepped in and did a great job when [Hall] was out before. Knowing that he's been there and done a good job, that helps."

What doesn't help is knowing that left to their own devices, players can come back with beach-induced injuries. Beamer most likely won't be leaving his guys alone on the sand again any time in the near future.

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