Virginia Tech’s Hendon Hooker among 23 players out Saturday due to virus


Virginia Tech is without its starting quarterback, defensive coordinator and a more than two dozen others for Saturday’s game against NC State as a result of positive COVID-19 tests and contact tracing, among other reasons, the school announced.

Starting quarterback Hendon Hooker will not play despite being on the field for warm-ups and on the sideline before the game. Meanwhile, defensive coordinator Justin Hamilton will miss his first game after taking over for longtime assistant Bud Foster.

The Hokies will also be without starting corner Jermaine Waller. Caleb Farley, last year’s other star corner, opted out early in fall camp.

In all, Virginia Tech will play down 23 players as well as three other coaches — defensive assistant and former Minnesota head coach Tracy Claeys, along with a quality control coach and a grad assistant.

Saturday’s game was supposed to be played two weeks ago, but NC State postponed due to its own COVID-19 concerns. Virginia Tech then had to postpone last week’s scheduled game vs. Virginia for the same reason.

Hokies coach coach Justin Fuente said earlier this week that his team would not have a full roster, and he offered concerns that he may not have enough to field a team.

In addition to Hooker and Waller, other key Virginia Tech contributors out for the game include running backs Terius Wheatley and Keshawn King and defensive back Nasir Peoples.



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