BLACKSBURG, Va. — Former Goochland High School star D.J. Coles will miss the 2012 football season after suffering a right knee injury in the first quarter of Monday’s season-opening win against Georgia Tech. He hopes to redshirt this year.
Coles, a senior who was coming off PCL surgery in the same knee, was injured being tackled near the sideline in the first quarter of the Hokies’ 20-17 overtime win Monday night.
“Well, he’s a guy that we really were hoping could come along and help us at that wide receiver position,” Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer said Wednesday of Coles. “His knee was swollen (Tuesday). We are just going to have to step up.”
Coles is scheduled to undergo an MRI to determine the extent of the damage to his knee. During the game, Tech announced the injury was not related to his offseason surgery.
Virginia Tech expects Coles to be granted a medical hardship waiver since he played in less than 30 percent of this season, allowing him to redshirt and return to play next year.
In his Hokies’ career, Coles has 39 receptions for 507 yards and three touchdowns. He started three games, including Monday night’s opener.
“Our plan is, I think (Demitri) Knowles needs to be more involved,” Beamer said. “We got to get him more reps and make sure he’s getting the right thing done in practice, get him into the game more. (Joshua) Stanford, a true freshman, although he didn’t play the other night, get him involved. (Kevin) Asante has to keep coming along. We have some guys that are going to have to step up.”
Monday, Knowles, a redshirt freshman, caught a 42-yard touchdown pass, his first college reception, from Logan Thomas. Senior wide receiver Marcus Davis, who left the game with an injury Monday, returned and is expected to play Saturday against Austin Peay.
“It’s always nice to have multiple receivers that you can trust and get the ball to,” Thomas said. “Everybody wants that go-to receiver, but everybody wants that group of receivers that are very good, and I think that’s something that we have.”
Also, sophomore safety Boye Aromire has returned home for personal reasons and is not expected to rejoin the team, Virginia Tech football director of operations John Ballein said Thursday.
Aromire had fallen to third on the depth chart in the Hokies’ thin, inexperienced secondary.