A brutal injury list for Virginia Tech’s Week 1, neutral-site showdown against defending national champions Alabama keeps getting worse. Tight end Ryan Malleck, listed as a starter on the Hokies’ depth chart, is not only going to be missing the game against the Tide, but unfortunately the entire 2013-14 season.
The 6-foot-4, 244-pound Malleck suffered an injury last week, but we did not understand the full extent of his issues until the school announced today that he had suffered a torn labrum in his left shoulder. He will be undergoing surgery and then immediately begin his rehabilitation to gear up for next year.
Suffering a tear in any ligament is never good, but a labrum can prove especially iffy. That being said, the Virginia Tech coaching staff has expressed confidence in a full return for Malleck in 2014. Further, the tight end has a redshirt to burn, so he will have two years of eligibility remaining when he returns next season.
Of course, that news is of no consolation to coach Frank Beamer. Already missing star cornerback Antone Exum to a torn ACL, he and his staff will need every healthy body they can get their hands on. Starting running back C.J. Coleman is also listed as “questionable” with not one but two sprained ankles.
Compounding matters is the sheer lack of overall experience in Beamer’s squad: Roughly 40-percent of the Hokies he is bringing to the Georgia Dome will be playing in their very first college games.
[H/T: College Football Talk]