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Virginia Tech will have their fewest number of players out in a game so far this season with only 13 absences, but two starters among those players.
#Hokies without 13 players tonight:— The Tech Lunch Pail (@TechLunchPailD) October 17, 2020
It's important to note that Virginia Tech is including players who are out due to injuries on this list including DB Nasir Peoples and WR Jaden Payoute. The list also includes walk-ons, an important note as some conferences make game determinations based on the number of available scholarship players.
Jermaine Waller is undoubtedly the most notable absence as Waller has been dealing with some injury issues but made his debut last week with 8 tackles including 1 for loss plus a pass breakup.
Brion Murray and Armani Chatman appear likely to be Tech's starting cornerbacks as both are listed as an OR as the first team cornerback opposite Waller. Devin Taylor, Nadir Thompson, and Dorian Strong are also likely to have larger roles tonight as well.
Whoevr is out there at cornerback will face a tough matchup when they face BC's star WR Zay Flowers who is averaging over 19 yards per reception and is a big play threat every down.
Starting right tackle Luke Tenuta will miss his second-straight game this evening with previous starter Silas Dzansi expcted to make his second-straight start. Tech's offensive line didn't appear to miss a beat last week without Tenuta as the Hokies ran for over 260 yards against a UNC defense that had allowed just over 100 rushing yards combined in their first two games.
Tech does receive some very good news at safety with starters Divine Deablo and Keonta Jenkins both back this week after Deablo missed the Duke and UNC games, and Jenkins missed last week's game.
Tech will see their safety depth take a hit though as top backup J.R. Walker is out this evening. Tyler Matheny will likely be a top backup for the Hokies at safety this evening.
The Hokies RB depth also takes a slight hit with Jalen Holston and Tahj Gary out though Tech has rightfully leaned heavily on Khalil Herbert who leads the nation in rushing yards per game and per carry with Raheem Blackshear and Keshawn King also available tonight.