Photo Credit: Dave Knachel/Virginia Tech Athletics (From 2019)
After a screenshot of Jaden Payoute's Instagram showed him in a boot at a medical facility, Virginia Tech head coach Justin Fuente announced today that WR Jaden Payoute is out indefinitely due to a leg injury.
Virginia Tech HC Justin Fuente confirms WR Jaden Payoute is out indefinitely with a leg injury.— Anthony Romano (@ARomanoWDBJ) September 9, 2020
Payoute will be out indefinitely due to a leg injury which won't likely make an eligibility difference given how this is considered a free year for fall sports.
While it was unknown if Payoute was going to earn the open WR job, he was considered arguably the top breakout player of fall camp receiving tons of praise from head coach Justin Fuente and others. Payoute's absence makes Villanova grad transfer Changa Hodge even more of a clear frontrunner to be the starting outside receiver opposite Tre Turner with Evan Fairs, Kaleb Smith, and Darryle Simmons among the challengers.
We will have more as this story develops.