Hokies’ Michael Cole released from hospital after scary injury on Thursday

The Virginia Tech Hokies looked like they were going to upset No. 10 Florida State until quarterback EJ Manuel engineered a last-minute scoring drive, dashing any hopes coach Frank Beamer had of finishing the season with a winning record.

However, even news of a win would have paled in comparison to word coming out of LewisGale Montgomery Hospital Thursday night, where redshirt freshman safety Michael Cole had been transferred following a scary collision on the field in front of a sold-out stadium and a national television audience. He was attempting to make a tackle on Seminoles’ running back Lonnie Pryor.

Cole lay on the field for several minutes before being hauled away in an ambulance, a horrifying moment for all involved.

Now it is looking like, according to Hokies head athletic trainer Mike Goforth, that Cole will be making a full recovery after suffering a bad neck sprain. Cole’s CT scan came back negative for any breaks.

Michael Cole suffered a cervical neck sprain this evening against Florida State. He was conscious on the field, able to move all extremities, but had neck pain and numbness in the upper extremities. He was stabilized on the spine board, and transferred to LewisGale Montgomery Hospital for further testing. His CT scan is negative for any fracture, and he will be discharged home [Thursday night].

On the season, Cole has 43 tackles and two interceptions. Obviously, Beamer would love to have him back on the football field, but the best news of the night is that Cole is going to be totally okay.

Sources: SB Nation

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