Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Dillard out for season

The one bright spot at receiver during spring practice was junior Brandon Dillard. That bright spot has now faded. The only time you'll see Dillard in 2008 is on the sideline on crutches.

Dillard ruptured his Achilles tendon during a voluntary workout earlier this week. Kyle Tucker from the Virginian-Pilot has the story.

Dillard showed a lot of speed during the spring game and looked to have locked down the No. 1 receiver position. At the very least, the walk on had earned a scholarship. Now the Hokies will rely on two former quarterbacks (Ike Whitaker and Cory Holt) their best cornerback (Macho Harris) and plethora of players who have never seen the field to fill spots at wide receiver.

One of those players who haven't played in a college game is incoming freshman Dyrell Roberts. He could be the burner the Hokies need. Because right now what they like at receiver is speed. And that's what Dillard was supposed to provide.

The injuries continue to pile up for the Hokies. Add Dillard to the list. This could just be one of those years where the whole team is nagged by injuries throughout the year. It happens to a lot of teams.

I'm not ready to throw in the towel because a walk on receiver with no big-game experience ruptured his Achilles. However, the Virginia Tech offense lacks playmakers other than Tyrod. The injury to Dillard constricts the offense that much more. It will have to be a very vanilla offense early on with so many newbies at receiver and running back.

It will be up to Glennon and Tyrod to make the offense flow early on. I think we're in for an upset early in the season because of how the offense is going to have to be run due to all the injuries and fresh blood.

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