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Beamer said having Coles back would give the Hokies a boost starting off a season in which they’re the favorite to win the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Coastal Division, which also includes Georgia Tech.

“It’d be big,” Beamer said. “D.J. really started coming along. He affected the game there at the end of the year. To get him back, I think he’s a guy that can make a difference in our football team.”

Beamer and Coles both said the biggest test may be how his knee feels Sunday, the day after testing it in the scrimmage.

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